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SYS-CON Media Obtains Michael Lynn's Black Hat Cisco Presentation

Bookripping Video, Lawyer's Letter Also Found

Technology industry columnist John C. Dvorak has likened the swift reaction by Cisco and ISS to Michael Lynn's Black Hat presentation last week as arresting someone for "yelling fire in a theater that was on fire."

Yes, the horse is out of the barn. The genie's out of the bottle. The cat's out of the bag. Et plus ca change, plus ca même chose.

Whichever cliche du jour one wants to employ, it is clear that the offending documents are now freely available for all to see, and for all to make judgements upon. There have been no reports to suggest that Lynn's presentation will lead to attacks against Cisco routers. He hardly explicated the details of a credible attack in his presentation, according to reports.

But his former employer's name, Internet Security Systems, was present on one version of his presentation slides, and it appears that legal challenges to him are based on intellectual property and confidentiality grounds. It's already been reported that Lynn's actual presentation used a version that did not include his former's employer's name and did not include some of the code found in the presentation that's widely available and presented here.

SYS-CON Media easily found the presentations described above as well as a video in which people are seen ripping what is purportedly Lynn's presentation out of the Black Hat proceedings book and a letter from a lawyer to a website demanding that Lynn's original presentation be no longer posted. We hereby offer them for our readers' review.


The video described above was apparently posted at last week, a site owned by O’Reilly Media. We found it, however, at, a site links to the O’Reilly site and which also links to a Wired magazine interview with Michael Lynn. The video is widely available throughout the worldwide web, although the author is not identified. Should the author wish to identify himself (presumably a "he" since the voiceover in the video is male), please do so by leaving a feedback to this story.

We found the lawyer’s letter at, which in turned was linked to

Another interesting piece of information comes from the boingboing site, to wit: “Randi, a reader who claims to be an ex-coworker of Lynn's, and the girlfriend of Lynn's roommate, says, ‘A settlement with Cisco has been reached, but ISS is still pursuing criminal charges. The press doesn’t appear to know yet that the FBI is performing an investigation now, starting with seizing equipment from Michael and his roommates. On a happy note, Mike has received quite a few job offers, including from some places you wouldn't expect.’”

SYS-CON Media has not independently verified that the documents accompanying our story do represent actual documents. Although they do, in our opinion, have a ring of authenticity to them, we encourage any of our visitors who have first-hand knowledge of these documents to enter feedback to this story.

All copyrights pertaining to these documents remain the property of their creators, and SYS-CON Media makes no claims as to creation or ownership of this material. We are presenting these documents as a way to aggregate and correlate some of the information that is floating around the worldwide web, so that our visitors, most of whom are highly active members of the global technology development community, can access the major developments surrounding this story as efficiently as possible and comment on it.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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Trackback Added: Black Hat 2005, Michael Lynn, World Domination, and Miscalculations; WARNING: Personal opinions ahead. I state no opinion but my own, and the thoughts I express are NOT in any way linked to the company I work for - Hell, there hasn't been a single discussion about it in the office here.
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Etienne Savard 08/04/05 09:22:27 PM EDT

Your French is not bad but we say: "Plus ça change, plus c'est pareil!"


Information Storage & Security Journal 08/04/05 01:16:05 PM EDT

SYS-CON Media Obtains Michael Lynn's Black Hat Cisco Presentation. The brouhaha over a presentation given last week by Michael Lynn has taken on a life of its own on the worldwide web. No surprise here. Lynn's presentation can be found easily, as can many other interesting related items. SYS-CON Media herewith presents a few things we've found.

JDJ News Desk 08/04/05 09:12:48 AM EDT

SYS-CON Media Obtains Michael Lynn's Black Hat Cisco Presentation. The brouhaha over a presentation given last week by Michael Lynn has taken on a life of its own on the worldwide web. No surprise here. Lynn's presentation can be found easily, as can many other interesting related items. SYS-CON Media herewith presents a few things we've found.

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SYS-CON Media Obtains Michael Lynn's Black Hat Cisco Presentation. The brouhaha over a presentation given last week by Michael Lynn has taken on a life of its own on the worldwide web. No surprise here. Lynn's presentation can be found easily, as can many other interesting related items. SYS-CON Media herewith presents a few things we've found.

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