DEF CON's sport: Spot the fed

Singling out federal government officials is the big pastime at the annual hacker convention.

DEF CON, the hackers' convention, rolls back in Vegas once more this Friday, and the big game won't be roulette: It'll be 'Spot the Fed.'

As the contest on the DEF CON 7.0 site states: "If you see some shady MIB (Men in Black) earphone, penny-loafer, sunglass-wearing, Clint Eastwood, to-live-and-die-in-L.A.-type lurking about, point him out."

Then the crowd can vote. The prize? An "I spotted the fed!" T-shirt to the sharpshooter -- and an "I am the fed!" T-shirt for the fed. Now in its sixth year, the contest is calling for more and more T-shirts. But are the feds really going?

"Yes," according to Lori Woehler, director of professional services at Secure Computing Inc. in Vienna, Va., who will also moderate a series of "Meet the Fed" panels.

For the panels, Woehler is expecting "representation from the highest levels of cybercrime interests" -- including the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense.

As for attendees: "We expect a significant presence of government agencies and activities."

Last year, representative from the National Security Agency, National Computer Security Center, the Department of Defense, and (probably) the FBI attended, Woehler said.

But it's no surprise the feds aren't particularly interested in sharing their travel arrangements. That is, of course, if they know what DEF CON is to begin with.

Two agencies, the U.S. Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, didn't. And as for the whether the FBI will attend, a spokesperson provided ZDTV with an official comment: "No comment."

To read the full story, go to this CyberCrime page. ZDTV CyberCrime's Luke Reiter contributed to this story.