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Hackers convention ask government to stay away over Snowden

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The annual Def Con hacking convention has asked the U.S. federal government to stay away this year for the first time in its 21-year history, saying Edward Snowden's revelations have made some in the community uncomfortable about its presence. "It would be best for everyone involved if the Feds call a 'time-out' and not attend Def Con this year," conference founder Jeff Moss said in an announcement posted Wednesday night on the convention's website.

US spies not wanted at infamous hacker meet

Revelations about a US Internet surveillance program have chilled the relationship between federal authorities and an infamous Def Con hacker gathering. Federal investigators, referred to as "feds," are being asked not to attend the annual Def Con conference set to take place in Las Vegas the first week of August. "Our community operates in the spirit of openness, verified trust, and mutual respect," Def Con founder Jeff Moss, known by the hacker name Dark Tangent, said in a message displayed Thursday at the event's website.
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