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US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat 193

Taco Cowboy (5327) links to a report from Reuters that says "Washington is considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending popular summer hacking conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broader effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said Saturday. The official said that Washington could use such visa restrictions and other measures to keep Chinese from attending the August Def Con and Black Hat events to maintain pressure on China after the United States this week charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets."
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US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

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  • better idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ebonum ( 830686 ) on Sunday May 25, 2014 @12:06AM (#47085767)

    Bar members of the Chinese military from attending. Even that is purely symbolic.
    Someone should tell Obama that in American we don't bar people based on race or nationality alone.

    Keep in mind. The US sets the standard. If we start doing things like this, don't whine when the China does the same thing. They could make the same case for any conference on any topic. If Americans come, they will steal XYZ.

  • Re: Isolation (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 25, 2014 @12:15AM (#47085791)

    Dude, it's not about helping the Chinese.
    It's about your government turning the country into a giant jail and you all are the inmates. Keeping Chinese nationals from Def Con, really? REALLY? Like that will achieve anything, so desperate for a new cold war to cover up their own shit and distract from their own illegal activites.
    It would be hilarious if it wasn't so sad.

  • Re:better idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dahamma ( 304068 ) on Sunday May 25, 2014 @12:45AM (#47085873)

    Someone should tell Obama that in American we don't bar people based on race or nationality alone.

    No, but there's nothing wrong with barring people based on political or military affiliation. China is not the US. They carefully control who they allow to leave China for the US, and so the Chinese citizens attending Def Con are doing so with the implicit permissions of the Chinese government.

    They could make the same case for any conference on any topic.

    Yeah, next time there is a hacker conference like Def Con based on complete freedom of expression and anarchy in China let us know. I won't hold my breath. And if China starts banning all US citizens from attending conferences, said conferences will no longer be held in China. But they won't, because the majority of China's economy currently revolves around placating American investors.

    You can trash the US all you want, but there are a limited number of countries in the world that would even allow a conference like Def Con or Black Hat.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 25, 2014 @12:53AM (#47085889)

    Because this is slashdot am I suppose to care about your mail order bride? I don't and I guess that is why you are so bitter.

  • by ShieldW0lf ( 601553 ) on Sunday May 25, 2014 @03:52AM (#47086247) Journal

    There's always the rest of the world(read: countries within the NATO-defined First World) that doesn't want the US's head on a plate.

    Dude, I hate to disillusion you, but we ALL want your head on a plate. If you meet someone and they lead you to believe otherwise, you should try to recognize that he's talking out of both corners of his mouth in an effort to get something out of you. None of us like you. I was half tempted to say that, maybe, the Israeli's, but honestly, I'm confident they think of you as a self-absorbed pack of idiots whose only role is to be exploited.

    This is not a troll. At least, it's not intended to be a troll. I genuinely am trying to set you straight, help bring your perspective a little closer to the realities that exist outside your borders.

    The shit you guys are responsible for as a nation is not a joke. No one is laughing along with you.

    Inside your country, you can divide things up into "The CIA did this, the NSA did that, I didn't do shit, I was just here minding my own business and paying my taxes.", and that flies with the people you meet on the street.

    But then when Chinese hackers do something, you say "China did it."

    That's how it is for the rest of us too. Without open warfare, you can't intrude into the inner workings of China and hold individual citizens accountable, you need to deal with the entire state, hold them accountable, and leave it to them to hold the individual citizens accountable, or not.

    We can't intrude into the inner workings of America and hold individual citizens accountable, we need to deal with your entire state, hold you accountable, and leave it to you to hold the NSA accountable.

    So, basically, everything your government does to the rest of us, you have done to the rest of us. You can argue about fairness and prejudice till you're blue in the face, but these are the power dynamics, and that's just how it is.

    You seriously need to clean your house before the rest of the world is forced to come do it for you. If you don't realize just how precarious a position your government has put you in, you really need to wake up.

  • by Mashiki ( 184564 ) <> on Sunday May 25, 2014 @05:02AM (#47086379) Homepage

    What's funny is I had a green card when I was doing some work in the US back 12-15 years ago, and considered seriously becoming a US citizen(from Canada). What burns my ass, is that if I follow the rules I could be waiting upwards of a decade. While people who enter illegally can skip the entire process, get a pat on the head, and basically gloat in the face of the rule of law. What the purpose of even having the rule of law, if no one is going to enforce it? And at the very worst, actively work against it because of their ideology--instead of "doing it the correct way."

Did you hear that two rabbits escaped from the zoo and so far they have only recaptured 116 of them?