[ISN] MI6 Codebreaker Attended U.S. Security Conference Before His Death

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2012 09:01:12 -0500 (CDT)

By Kim Zetter
Threat Level
May 3, 2012

A top British codebreaker who died a mysterious death in his flat two 
years ago had just returned from a computer security conference in the 
United States before his death, according to information disclosed 
during an inquest this week.

The body of Gareth Williams, a codebreaker with Britain’s MI6 spy 
agency, was discovered stuffed into a sports bag in his bathtub on Aug. 
23, 2010, though he’s believed to have been killed Aug. 15.

Williams had just returned to London on Aug. 11 after spending six weeks 
in the United States, where he attended the annual Black Hat security 
conference in Las Vegas as part of a contingent of British spies, 
according to witnesses who spoke at the inquest. He attended Black Hat 
in 2008 as well.

It’s believed Williams may have also attended Black Hat’s companion 
hacker conference, DefCon, which follows Black Hat and draws many of the 
same attendees. In 2010, Black Hat was held July 24 to 29, while DefCon 
ran from July 30 to Aug. 1.


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May 26-27, Clarion Hotel, Anaheim, CA
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