August 5th, 2003, 04:44 PM
M$'s big bang party
Microsoft Mends Security Ties by throwing a party
LAS VEGAS—Cats and dogs living together.
08-05-2003 10:18:38 AM CST -- By Dennis Fisher for eWeek
That's the only way to describe the party that Microsoft Corp. threw here Thursday night at the close of the Black Hat Briefings. The gathering was billed as a thank-you for all of the people who have helped the software giant improve the security of its products over the years. Given that agenda, one would have reasonably expected to see a crowd of current and former Microsoft employees with a few outside experts thrown in for good measure. For more news from the Black Hat security conference, check out our special report. But the group that showed up at the ultra-hip Ghostbar lounge at The Palms hotel was instead made up of the crème of the crop of security researchers, crypto experts and even high-level Bush administration officials. With more piercings and tattoos per capita than the population of most college campuses, the guest list was a flat-out who's who of the security world. And the fact that they all turned out for a party put on by Microsoft—a company considered by many in the room to be the root of all evil—was the most surprising twist of all.
The nerve of Mr. Gates. It's like the class bully inviting all the nerds to his birthday party cuz he ran out of friends. Maybe I'm jealous I've never been to Las Vegas.