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NSA chief defends surveillance programs at hacking conference

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander jousted with a few hecklers as he defended the U.S. spy agency's surveillance programs at the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, but largely kept the crowd of cybersecurity experts and hackers on his side.Full story

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OJ Simpson was handed a small victory Wednesday when a board granted him parole on some charges in connection with his sentence for a 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel room. The decision doesn't mean the 66-year-old Simpson, convicted in the 2007 holdup invovling sports memor Full story

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Trey Ford, GM of Black Hat USA 2013, moderates a question and answer session with General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, in Las Vegas
Trey Ford, GM of Black Hat USA 2013, moderates a question and answer session with General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, in Las Vegas

Trey Ford , general manager of Black Hat USA 2013, moderates a question and answer session with General Keith Alexander , director of the National Security Agency , chief of the Central Security Service and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, during the hacker convention at Caesars Palace in Las V

General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of the CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, responds to questions at a hacker convention in Las Vegas
General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of the CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, responds to questions at a hacker convention in Las Vegas

General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency , chief of the Central Security Service and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, responds to questions after giving the opening keynote address at the Black Hat USA 2013 hacker convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada July 3

General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, speaks during a hacker convention in Las Vegas
General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, speaks during a hacker convention in Las Vegas

General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency , chief of the Central Security Service and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, speaks during the Black Hat USA 2013 hacker convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags:

An official stands by the stage before an address by General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, during hacker convention in Las Vegas
An official stands by the stage before an address by General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, during hacker convention in Las Vegas

An official stands by the stage before a keynote address by General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency , chief of the Central Security Service and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, during the Black Hat USA 2013 hacker convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada July