From: Jeff Moss <jmoss_at_blackhat.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 13:20:04 -0700
Dear Vuln Dev readers,
I want to keep you up to date with what Black Hat is up to. Currently there is a stand alone training in Seattle
in October, a Briefings in Tokyo in October, and a Federal Training and Briefings in Crystal City in January. Black
Hat returns to Amsterdam at the end February with expanded training and briefings. The CFP for Amsterdam will
open by October 15th.
Video from the summer USA show is starting to get encoded, and we will be updating the Black Hat "Black Pages"
in the coming weeks to reflect what happened, and still is happening, with the whole ISS/Cisco drama.
Jeff> Then I am going to tell you a long story. I had been operating in a Bulletin Board, back in the days before the Network was available to the people of my age. And I belong to all these kind of networks. Back then there where dial-up mail networks (FidoNet and compatible networks), but they were all undergroundish. One of the Bulletin Boards in Canada, called PlatinumNet, was going away, and I knew the person who ran that network, and now he's a big US HUB for that network, and he wanted to throw a party for all the people that had been on his network, and there was probably a total of a 100 people on it; So the number of people that happened to be at this party would be like six, you know: probably by the time people of my age can actually get somewhere.... he wanted to do that in Canada (!), and I did not think anyone was going to make it to Canada, and then all of he sudden he just... disappeared. So I thought it was a good idea, but instead of inviting people from PlatinumNet I invited people from all the other networks that I was on. And then I got a dialup account, got on IRC back then, and got on #poundhack, and started inviting everyone on #poundhack ! And then, posted on some newsgroups back then; there weren't that many newsgroups back then ! ...comp.os.security, etc. And why did I pick up Las Vegas: I had never been to Las Vegas, and if the show was a failure, I would at lest be *in Las Vegas* ! If all else went wrong, I would have been in Vegas, sitting by the pool, you know, drinking pinacolada, or something.... :-) So if I am broke, and there's no money left, at least I am - you know - in the sun, so... So then from there it grew.... we got a hundred people at that show, and it really was just word of mouth, people printed out our announcements, spread it around in the bookstores, covered all over the place, and we got nearly a hundred people, which is really amazing, and then it grew every year since then. By the fourth DefCon, a friend came to me: "hey, you should probably make this professional and charge a lot of money for it." We kept getting requests from people that wanted our announcements that they could show their boss, so they wanted a professional sounding announcement so they could show their bosses, and they would let them go. And we tried that one year, and then that nuts of my friend: "hey, you should probably another whole profesional show! And charge money for it, and then you can pay the speakers, then we can expect higher quality, then we can do all these other interesting things, like books, CDs, do everything". And so we started - I did not have the money that year, so the next one I borrowed some money, to have enough to try a 'BlackHat'. I forget how did I came up with the name, I was trying to come up with a name that could convey a kind of misteriousness, security, counter-spy, re-spy... at that time the term blackhat wasn't used at all, we were using the term cracker, back then. So this is how we came to the first BlackHat. It has done pretty well since.
This one has a photo of Jeff Moss if you need it.
Black Hat Briefings CEO Jeff Moss takes a moment to relax during the Michael Lynn press conference. Moss' company was caught in the middle of the dispute between Cisco, ISS, and Lynn. One day before the conference was set to begin, Cisco hired temps to tear pages out of the conference proceedings book, and Moss had to scramble to press new proceedings CDs that lacked Lynn's presentation slides.