Corman Takes Anonymous Computer "Hacktivist" Group Discussion from Cambridge to Las Vegas

Corman Takes Anonymous Computer "Hacktivist" Group Discussion from Cambridge to Las Vegas

by Sarah Cortes-Josh Corman, Akamai Director of Security Intelligence, spoke today at DefCon, reportedly the world's largest computer hacker conference. Corman has written and spoken extensively on "issues related to [computer "hacker" loose collective and phenomenon] Anonymous that are relevant to citizens, Infosec, law enforcement, and government as the hacker collective continues to evolve." Anonymous is widely believed to have provided assistance to Wikileaks in publishing hundreds of thousands of pages of classified documents related to US secret military and other operations. In April 2010, WIkileaks published the video "Collateral Murder," video footage from a US military helicopter in Baghdad capturing what appears to be the shooting of unarmed civilians and children during a 2007 US military operation.

Corman has written on his blog.cognitivedissidents.com, with Jericho (Brian Martin), on “Building a Better Anonymous.” An eight-part series, "Building" proposes positive directions for Anonymous-inspired "hacktivists." These are loosely defined as people interested in information security, the internet or computers, having fun, and keeping the internet free and open around the world.

Corman spoke as part of a panel of experts on "World War 3.0: The Battle for the Internet between the Forces of Chaos and Control." The panel discussed the current struggle for control of the internet between those who seek greater control and regulation, and those who seek to keep it free and open. With Corman on the panel were Dan Kaminsky, the security vulnerability researcher who discovered in 2005 that Sony had infected over half a million computers with malware. Also speaking on the panel was Rod Beckstrom, former Director of the National Cyber Security Center and former president of ICANN, a nonprofit organization responsible for the coordination of the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers.

Michael Joseph Gross moderated the panel. Gross authored the May 2012 Vanity Fair article on "World War 3.0: The Battle for the Internet between the Forces of Chaos and Control." Corman contributed to, and was quoted extensively in the article. Corman also appears in the 2012 film "We Are Legion:The Story of the Hacktivists."

Akamai, based in Cambridge, provides internet content delivery worldwide. One of the world's largest cloud-based distributed computing platforms, Akamai is located in Kendall Square. With revenue of 1.2 billion in 2011, it employs approximately 2400 people worldwide.

13,000 information security ("infosec") professionals and hackers are expected to attend DefCon this year in Las Vegas, Nevada between July 26-29.