Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Caught Trying to Watch Those Who Watch the Watchers

Dateline has the tag line "News stories about crime, celebrity and health" on their web site. They are currently most well know for a series of dramatic confrontations with online predators. A noble cause handled in a perhaps not-terribly-noble fashion. But they recently tried to send a reporter undercover in the "hackers' conference" DEFCON. The reporter intended to violate the press rules for the convention and apparently had some hope of catching illegal, or at least nefarious goings-on on tape. For better or worse, the reporter didn't do a very good job of staying under cover. The story is both interesting and strange. The lesson? Apparently when you are trying to infiltrate a group for whom secrecy is name of the game, you better step your game up a notch.

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