Reporter Flees Geek Summit

Hacker conference chews up, spits out TV producer
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2007 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tech blogs are abuzz with reports of an NBC producer who attempted to infiltrate an annual hackers' conference and had the tables turned on her. Michelle Madigan of "Dateline"—the show that gave the world "To Catch a Predator"—arrived packing a hidden camera and fled after convention organizers lured her into a trap, ZDNet reports.

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Madigan, who had refused offers of official press credentials, found herself in a packed room when a Defcon 2007 staffer started a “spot the undercover reporter” game and warned that she was trying to tape hackers on the sly. Wired reports that Madigan's cover was blown in true "Spy vs. Spy" fashion—a "Dateline" mole gave conference organizers her photo. (Read more computer stories.)

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