NSA, Linux and handcuffs: Success in Serbia for Balkan hacker conference BalCCon

NSA, Linux and handcuffs: Success in Serbia for Balkan hacker conference BalCCon

Summary: Groundbreaking Balkan hacker conference BalCCon: First Contact brought hackers from all over the world to its successful launch and makes plans for next year's edgy event.

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    BalCCon introduced the ideas and ways of hacker conferences to a hacker population unused to coming together, in a reigon that can now finally start to think about more than just basic survival.

    It wasn't just bits, bytes and electronics that were shared and hacked on. Once hacker attendees knew they could bring gear to hack on with others, interesting items such as the handcuff above began to appear around the conference center, inviting people to identify and hack on such things.

    Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

    Photo by Eric Michaud, used with express permission.

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    At BalCCon, young hackers clogged the hallways, making it challenging for cranky older hackers to get around. 

    BalCCon stated,

    The basis of the hacker ethic is, and always will be, the exchange of knowledge, [and] free writing software to solve problems.

     While there were black hats inn attandance, and BalCCon plans to accomodate the anonymity needs of all hackers next year with a no-press presentation space, they also told ZDNet:

    Hackers respect the ethics and fight against virtual criminals. Exposing networks of pedophiles, neo-Nazis, religious sects, the misuse of personal data... are some of the most common hacker activities.

    In broad terms, hackers are working to find vulnerabilities in systems, document them, publish, and propose solutions to better protect them.

    Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

    Photos used with permission and courtesy of BalCCon/Milobit.

  • Vesna Manojlovic's Fifty Shirts of Gray

    Featured presenter Vesna Manojlovic shows off the Fifty Shirts of Gray project, a growing collection of hacker t-shirts stitched together in a commemoration of hacker culture, its history and community.

    Manojlovic's talk RIPE Atlas probes at hackerspaces was met enthusiastically by BalCCon attendees, reflecting a population of Balkan hackers eager to start their own hackerspaces movement.

    Her dream is to see a RIPE Atlas in every hackerspace; RIPE Atlas employs a global network of probes that measure Internet connectivity and reachability, providing an unprecedented understanding of the state of the Internet in real time). We think that would be really cool, too.

    Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

    Photos used with permission and courtesy of BalCCon/Milobit.

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Topics: Security, Government, Hardware, Linux

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