AU Feds praise "alternative" security conference

Monday, 14 April 2003, 12:36 PM EST

Ruxcon, a conference organised by and for the Australian computer security community last weekend, witnessed a gathering of around 300 security enthusiasts and consultants.

The inaugural two-day conference covered a myriad of topics including defensive and offensive security issues, GSM mobile phone security, secure web applications development and assembly programming.

It wasn't a conventional conference by many standards but one which left Alistair MacGibbon pleasantly surprised.

The coordinator for high tech crime unit of the Australian Federal Police took to the stage with apprehension at first. But in the end, “I was impressed…I felt like I had a fair hearing,” MacGibbon said.

"While there might have been philosophical differences, I thought there was a pleasant atmosphere for the police officers who were involved," he added.

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