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Black Hat ‘supertalk’ Halted Due to Vendor Concerns

Black Hat ‘supertalk’ Halted Due to Vendor Concerns

The Black Hat security conference is full of drama again in Amsterdam, with the last-minute cancellation of a presentation by a group of researchers scheduled to reveal a dangerous software vulnerability.

In the run up to this week’s conference, organizers promoted a talk that would be on the scale of the flaw in the DNS (Domain Name System) highlighted by security researcher Dan Kaminsky at Black Hat’s U.S. conference last July.

But this one isn’t going to happen. A press conference tentatively planned for 5 p.m. on Thursday was suddenly canceled. The flaw is so sensitive that even revealing the vendor affected could potentially cause hackers to start poking around with applications or operating systems to try to figure it out, said Jeff Moss, Black Hat’s CEO.


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