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Scientific Hooliganism: lessons from the first hack in history

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In 1903, Guglielmo Marconi prepared to unveil his world-first, long-distance wireless communication technology to the Royal Institution in London. He was looking forward to roaring success, scientific acclaim, and a string of wealthy new customers - but he didn’t count upon falling victim to the first hack in history.

This is a tale of business secrets, flame wars, stage magic, and magnificent sideburns, direct from the records of Edwardian England.

The talk highlights several of the lessons that the FLOSS and information security communities can still learn from the fateful events of 1903. Marconi’s tale is a master class in the necessity of open source technology, as well as being a delightful introduction to the art of vulnerability reporting.

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