Dan Kaminsky, an internet-security type who discovered a flaw in the protocol of the important servers that are supposed to send you to real websites instead of fake websites that steal from you, will be speaking at HACDC in Mount Pleasant tonight at 8PM.
You can read an engaging account of his discovery and the subsequent clean-up effort at Wired, including memorable lines like
“Oh shit,” he mumbled. “I just broke the Internet.”
“The first thing I want to say to you,” Vixie told Kaminsky, trying to contain the flood of feeling, “is never, ever repeat what you just told me over a cell phone.”
Seriously, this is a good read. Kaminsky’s talk should be of interest to internet-security types and hacker types alike.