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Annual Black Hat Hacker Conference Opens in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hackers have played a key role in both shaping and protecting the internet since its early days and still do.

That’s what technologist Dan Kaminsky told a crowd of hackers and cybersecurity professionals Wednesday as he kicked off the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

Kaminsky is co-founder and chief technologist of the cybersecurity firm White Ops and he encouraged those in attendance to stay curious, but to always remember the importance of keeping the internet safe for everyone.

He also noted the important role that encryption technology has played in enabling e-commerce and economic growth over the past 20 years and encouraged the crowd to share its security knowledge in order to improve security for everyone.

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