Hacking Culture and the Hunger for Knowledge

Ethical Issues for Security/Intelligence Professionals … and Everyone Else

February 7, 2019

A colleague who worked for an intelligence agency in information security and related areas for decades shares his reflections on ethical challenges and – well, a bunch of things that go bump in the night .… challenges that do not apply only to his work. They cross boundaries into a variety of professions, perhaps all […]

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The Road to Resilience is on you tube

August 24, 2018

“The Road to Resilience: Strategies for Playing Through the Pain” by Richard Thieme at Def Con 26 (August 11 2018) is now available on you tube. 23rd year at Def Con.  Connecting with the heart of a left-brain crowd. https://youtu.be/TA8GksT707o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA8GksT707o&t=364s The Road to Resilience: Strategies for Playing Through the Pain by Richard Thieme – […]

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Playing Through the Pain, Part Two

May 3, 2018

Two years ago Richard Thieme spoke on “Playing Through the Pain: The Impact of Dark Knowledge on Security and Intelligence Professionals” for Def Con 24. He relied on dozens of experiences provided by colleagues over a quarter-century, colleagues from NSA, CIA, corporate, and military. Responses to the presentation have often been emotional and have corroborated […]

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“The Only Way to Tell the Truth is in Fiction: The Dynamics of Life in the National Security State”

January 4, 2015

This speech was given at Def Con 22 in Las Vegas in August 2014, the 19th year I spoke at Def Con. A graphic represntations of speakers at Def Con over the year showed that I had spoken there more than anyone else, which means the company of a LOT of greater people.   Video […]

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Closing Keynote for HITB Kuala Lumpur Oct 2014 – “the future of hacking”

October 20, 2014

One might (or might not) notice that the first part of the title of the closing keynote for the final HITB Kuala Lumpur last week is the same as my first keynote for Def Con in 1996. I was asked to scan the future and see what blips appeared on radar and this limited overview […]

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The Only Way to Tell the Truth is in Fiction: The Dynamics of Life in the National Security State

May 5, 2014

My topic for Def Con 22 in August. The 19th year at Def Con, beginning with Def Con 4 in 1996. The Only Way to Tell the Truth is in Fiction: The Dynamics of Life in the National Security State Over a decade ago, a friend at the National Security Agency told Richard Thieme that […]

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Hacker Generations

February 5, 2009

By Richard Thieme This article was published simultaneously in the program for Def Con 11 (August 2003), on the hactivismo and Linux World (Australia) web sites, and in the Dutch information security magazine Informatiebeveiliging which is published by Genootschap voor Informatiebeveiligers, an infosec association based in the Netherlands. First, the meaning of hacker. The word […]

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Zero Day: Roswell

February 2, 2006

[Published originally in Porcupine as a “literary” story, subsequently reprinted in Zahir, a lovely science fiction magazine edited by Sheryl Tempchin.  It has been critiqued, too, as an “essay.” So there you have it – life in the 21st century. I received a telephone call from a former intelligence analyst for one of the agencies […]

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Gibby the Sit-down King

June 1, 2005

[This was published in the Timber Creek Review in 2005. I’m glad it was. Like “The Geometry of Near,” it’s a geek story, and the people on whom the character Gibby McDivitt was based comes clearly and with a chuckle to mind. The story links to “They Call Him Mister Tubby” in Imaginary Gardens (May […]

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ShmooCon 1.0 a Big Success – a review for Syngress

February 11, 2005

ShmooCon 1.0 a Big Success by Richard Thieme ([email protected]), author of Richard Thieme’s Islands in the Clickstream The first ShmooCon worked. Sponsored by the Shmoo Group, known to hackers and security professionals from presentations at Def Con, Toor Con, and other security forums,  ShmooCon was held at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel in Washington DC […]

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