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Organisers of the annual Black Hat conference have apologised after an estimated 7,500 conference delegates received a suspicious email yesterday resembling a phishing attack. The dodgy email, informing entrants of a supposed password reset, was sent out after a volunteer with ITN International, the third-party firm handling on- …

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Coat

it was never one that was going to work anyway...

you could say it didn't have legs.

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Facepalm

"an abuse of functionality"

Whatever next? A molestation of the OK button?

"This feature has since been removed as a precautionary measure"

I suggest you unmount the power supply, too.

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Link is not broken

The link generated is the internal link to the server, the only reason it doesn't work is that your DNS servers dont know where that server is located.

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Anonymous Coward

Journalistic conventions.

The dodgy email, informing entrants of a supposed password reset, was sent out after a volunteer with ITN International, the third-party firm handling on-site registrations for this week's Las Vegas conference, "pressed the wrong button" on a mail-out webform, the organisers explained.

The convention in journalism is that if you put quote marks around a sentence and attribute it to someone, it should be an actual verbatim quote from the source referenced. The words "pressed the wrong button" do not appear anywhere on that page you linked to (https://www.blackhat.com/html/latestintel/07222012-USA-Reg-Email.html), and in fact the page itself makes it quite clear that, contrary to your re-interpretation of the story, it was not an accidental pressing of the wrong button, but an entirely deliberate malicious/hoax/prank action by a user with the appropriate permissions to their email broadcast system. The "wrong button" interpretation was speculation from the *other* post that you linked to, and by placing the quote in the context of the organiser's reply, you have misattributed it. I think you should fix that.

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Yeah, no rush to fix that.

Do you actually care or not? Are you just saying "Oh hell, it's only the Register, nobody cares about honesty or accuracy anyway"? How wrong does it have to be before you do care?

signed,

Disappointed of Tunbridge Wells.

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Holmes

Abuse of functionality...

at a Black Hat conference, full of hacker? Who'd a thunk it?

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