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Hillary Clinton Attends Cybersecurity Conference, Dodges Encryption Question

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Eric Lieberman Deputy Editor

Appealing to thousands of cyber-experts, leaders of security firms, and hackers of all kinds, Hillary Clinton attended the Black Hat security conference Wednesday.

Clinton was also there to gather donations for her campaign.

The Clinton campaign decided to participate in the annual fundraising event in Nevada to presumably court a growing realm of society. Tech specialists and their expertise have become very critical in a day when everything is connected to the internet and national security is contingent on protecting the country’s virtual security infrastructure. This support of this faction is now crucial in order to validate the rather nascent area of candidate tech policies.

But when the Clinton campaign was questioned about encryption by security researcher Collin Anderson, they dodged the inquiry, according to media outlet Foreign Policy.

Clinton’s public opinion on encryption is sure to leave tech experts and hackers unsatisfied, or even worried about the prospect of her becoming president.

At a public event sponsored by the Brookings Institute and Saban Forum, Clinton expresses her seesawing and vague opinion of encryption:

“You’re going to hear all of the usual complaints, you know, freedom of speech, et cetera. But if we truly are in a war against terrorism and we are truly looking for ways to shut off their funding, shut off the flow of foreign fighters, then we’ve got to shut off their means of communicating. It’s more complicated with some of what they do on encrypted apps, and I’m well aware of that, and that requires even more thinking about how to do it.”

The founder of the Black Hat conference, Jeff Moss, hosted the fundraiser alongside Jake Braun, a former Obama administration official who now counsels the Clinton campaign on cybersecurity policy.

Clinton raised $20,000 from the conference.

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