The Last HOPE - July 18-20, 2008 - Hotel Pennsylvania - New York City


Speakers | Talks

%20 is a corporate shill, consumer whore, wannabe cultural chimera, part time music fan and maker of sounds in the plunderphonic glitch noise category. %20 is not known for anything significant but is the definitive drafter of the Snuggles New Media Collective official “Free Speech For Sale” affiliate program agreement disclosure.

Mark Abene, better known by his pseudonym Phiber Optik, is a computer security hacker from New York City. He was once a member of the hacker groups Legion of Doom and Masters of Deception. He was a high-profile hacker in the early 1990s, appearing in The New York Times, Harper's, Esquire, in debates and on television. Mark was an important figure in the 1995 nonfiction book Masters of Deception - The Gang that Ruled Cyberspace. He is now a world renowned computer security expert and technical wizard who currently has several remarkable VoIP projects including a lifelike blue box simulator.

Aestetix was born and raised in Galt's Gulch and spent his early years spanning the continent in a trireme avoiding the barbarians. As the black squares faded away, he made his way to New York, where he can now be seen begging for change in Times Square and playing with interest tagging on the side.

Alex (DeMiNe0) is the owner of EpicAnon.Com and lives in northern New Jersey. He is an IT engineer by career. He is a passionate free speech and human rights activist.

algormor has worked in IT for over 15 years. During this time, he has worked in areas such as Unix kernel development, a vehicle crash test facility, real time backup products, an evil Fortune 500 insurance company, and is currently at a startup working on search technologies.

Mitch Altman has had decades of experience designing cool things with microcontrollers and many years teaching microcontrollers to others. Most well known for inventing TV-B-Gone, a remote control keychain that turns of just about any TV in public places, Mitch has recently written articles for MAKE Magazine, as well as 2600. Other accomplishments include: co-founder of 3ware; founder of a nonprofit vegetarian restaurant; founder of a rural queer arts commune; founder of Hash Wednesday, a fun protest; and one of the developers of VR at VPL. Mitch is now helping create Noisebridge, a new hacker space in San Francisco.

Gillian "Gus" Andrews is a doctoral student studying technology education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was involved in founding the Independent Media Center in New York City. Her current research investigates why Eternal September happened - why some people can't seem to figure out how to participate on the Internet. Last year she worked on a curriculum to get low-income students A+ certified. The process confirmed everyone's worst fears about why textbooks continue to suck so badly, and highlighted some of the major difficulties in teaching technology well.

Jacob Appelbaum is a world traveler, photographer, Unix computer user, and “cold boot ninja.”

T.J. “Skip” Arey is a freelance journalist and author of Radio Monitoring - The How-To Guide. He has been a contributing editor to Monitoring Times, The Journal of the North American Shortwave Association (NASWA), and American Scannergram.

Dr. Adlai Atkins started protesting Scientology on page 5 of the Anonymous vs. Scientology thread on Something Awful, after staying up all night and refreshing until page 55.

Bernardo Attias is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. His research focus emphasizes cultural approaches to communication studies as well as communication-centered approaches to cultural studies. He has written on media coverage of the war in the Gulf, the politics of psychoanalysis, the rhetoric and politics of hip-hop culture, and the drug war. His current work focuses on the legal, aesthetic, and cultural implications of the turntable. He has also been a DJ for over twenty years and is an active participant in DJ culture.

Adam Aviv is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Ray Beckerman is a commercial litigator and Internet law attorney with extensive experience in business law, copyright, trademark, entertainment, libel, slander, Internet, computer software, business torts, and other areas. He has litigated hundreds of cases.

bernieS has been hacking phones, radios, computers, and government agencies for far too long - and sometimes pushes the envelope too far. In 1995 the Secret Service imprisoned him for over a year for merely possessing communications hardware and software they claimed made him "dangerous." Later the Department of Justice admitted "there were no victims in the offense" and that they were primarily concerned about his blowing the covers of agents who were surveilling hackers. bernieS continues investigating and reporting on technologies and government activities the authorities would rather not publicize. He's often heard on WBAI's Off The Hook and seen volunteering at technology non-profits.

Jello Biafra has now appeared at five HOPE conferences, bridging gaps between worlds that might otherwise never have met. He once was lead singer for a band called the Dead Kennedys (music your parents may have listened to). The band broke up while being prosecuted for allegedly distributing harmful material via one of their albums. The case was won but the Dead Kennedys couldn’t survive the expense of the trial. Jello became a spoken word artist, waking people up around the world to the wide assortment of injustices so many of us face. He knows how the media industry and the government work and he knows how they can be hacked.

Black Ratchet is just another phone phreak from Boston. In addition to this, he is a bitter and surly information security engineer who can't stand bot herders and script kiddies who scan his Internet connection. He enjoys telephones, radios, and a plethora of other things related to information security. He has given presentations at Defcon and HOPE, is the co-author of Asterisk Hacking from Syngress Publishing, and is an active member of the Digital Dawg Pound at He can be found at his website ( and on the BinRev forums at

Matt Blaze is an associate professor of computer and information sciences and director of the Trusted Network Eavesdropping and Countermeasures project at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include secure systems, cryptology and cryptographic protocols, and large-scale systems.

Tom Brennan aka jinxpuppy has 15+ years experience with technology and information security related industries. When not hacking for charities (, he provides Proactive Risk, a unique combination of business acumen and security expertise. In addition to co-authoring the OWASP Version 2.0 testing guide, Brennan has also been quoted and featured in several publications/programs including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and Dark Reading and has spoken before the United Nations GAID and many other conferences, conventions, and other professional events. For fun, he provides leadership to 10,000+ APPSEC members of the Open Web Application Security Project ( as an OWASP Foundation board member and is also the NY/NJ chapter president.

Jon-Michael C. Brook is the vice president for global security solutions and sales at ERUCES, Inc., an encryption vendor headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas. He holds patents and trade secrets in intrusion detection, enterprise network controls, cross domain solutions, and semantic data redaction.

C4bl3Fl4m3 is a sex-radical, genderqueer, bisexual Washingtonian brain-hacking geek with eclectic interests - anything from singing to Doctor Who. Her intense academic and intellectual passions change rapidly, having been into computing (and Beethoven) at one point, but now having shifted to social sciences as well as social science aspects of tech. She's been fascinated with sexuality since high school and, it being a field with so many sub-fields, sees no sign of her passion dying.

Stephen Cass is a senior editor at Discover magazine, where he covers space and technology. Prior to that, he worked at IEEE Spectrum. He was born and raised in Dublin but now hails from Brooklyn. Stephen cut his programming teeth on a TI 99-4/A and a totally pimped out BBC Model B+, but these days is a Mac man. He is currently once more pursuing an Elite rating thanks to Oolite.

Pavol Cerny is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include algorithmic verification of confidentiality and other security properties. He graduated from ENS Paris in 2003.

The Cheshire Catalyst (Richard Cheshire) is the former publisher of the notorious TAP Newsletter of the radical 1970s and 80s. He has also attended (and volunteered at) every HOPE Conference we've ever held.

Fred Church is the sole member of Kumquat, a sample-driven electronic music act. Kumquat samples sounds from scratchy old records, field recordings of street musicians, conversations with friends, and historic speeches. Kumquat appeared on The Droplift Project, the well-known music CD and culture jamming experiment, as well as the We Bore compilation on Toast and Jam records - where each artist created music they like by sampling music they hate. The second full-length Kumquat album, Similar To Sugar Pill, was recently released on Tangy Citrus records, and is available for free to those who ask.

Sandy Clark (Mouse) has been taking things apart since the age of two, and still hasn't learned to put them back together. Luckily, in the University of Pennsylvania's Distributed Systems Lab, this behavior is actively encouraged. A founding member of Toool-USA, she also enjoys puzzles, toys, Mao (the card game), and infrastructure hacking. Her research explores human scale security and the unexpected ways that systems interact.

Greg Conti is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. His research includes security data visualization and web-based information disclosure. He is the author of Security Data Visualization (No Starch Press) and the forthcoming Googling Security (Addison-Wesley). His work can be found at and

Blake Cornell is an IT innovator and developer with over 12 years experience in software and security. He has consulted Fortune 500 companies and various law enforcement agencies with hopes of utilizing technology to ease real world issues. He currently has vested interests in a few companies within a few specific industries, including network security, VoIP technology and broadcast video. His latest endeavor, Remote Origin, Inc., offers the first to market centralized provisioning algorithm to aide administration of softphones with Asterisk. His latest project, Security Scraper, is currently harvesting over 500 computer security related records daily. His hopes are to create statistical models to track trends in the security industry. Blake lives and works in midtown Manhattan.

Eric Cronin is a PhD candidate in computer and information sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. A longtime member of the hacker community, his research interests include network security, privacy, and distributed systems.

CypherGhost hacks a living applying cypherpunk cryptographic techniques to protect consumer privacy in data warehouse applications. He is fascinated by industrial markings and anti-counterfeiting technologies. In his spare time, he likes taking tours of industrial, military, atomic, and "big science" facilities. He has received official permission to postmark and cancel his own mail - and so can you.

Da Beave (Champ Clark III) is one of the founding members of the VoIP hobbyist group "Telephreak." He also co-authored Asterisk Hacking and brought the OpenVMS Deathrow Cluster into existence. He is currently employed with Softwink, Inc., which specializes in security monitoring within the financial industry. Da Beave has authored various security utilities including iWar, tscan/dscan (X.25), and others.

Daravinne is a designer, hacker, and artist who has been a member of the 2600 community since 2002. She resides in New York City.

Oliver Day is researching geolocational filtering for the YouTomb project and coordinating efforts with other like minded organizations. He also works at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society where he is focused on the Stopbadware project.

Decius has been speaking for years on the subject of high tech civil liberties at hacker conferences such as Phreaknic, Summercon, and OuterZ0ne, as well as Electronic Frontier Forums at DragonCon. He helped found Electronic Frontiers Georgia in 1995, where he worked with lawyers from the EFF and ACLU to successfully challenge an unconstitutional state law that threatened the right to speak anonymously online. He was also the original administrator of the South East 2600 (se2600) mailing list. His day job involves security vulnerability research for a Fortune 500 company.

Dementia does IT systems administration and consulting for medium to large sized firms for their Windows and Unix based systems. He is also interested in electronic music and he likes to explore the city in his free time.

As a member of The Open Organization of Lockpickers, Deviant Ollam has given numerous physical security presentations and trainings at events around the world. In addition to coordinating lockpicking at HOPE, he has spoken about locks, access controls, firearms, and security tactics at Defcon, Black Hat, ShmooCon, ToorCon, HackCon, HackInTheBox, LayerOne, Notacon, and has even had the honor of lecturing the cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His favorite Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are (in no particular order) the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 9th, and 10th.

Ricardo Dominguez is a cofounder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He was codirector of The Thing (, an ISP for artists and activists from 2000 to 2004, as well as senior editor from 1996 to 1999. He is a former member of Critical Art Ensemble. Ricardo's performances have been presented in museums, galleries, theater festivals, hacker meetings, tactical media events, and as direct actions on the streets and around the world. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater project with Brett Stabaum, Micha Cardenas, and Jason Najarro (“The Transborder Immigrant Tool” - a GPS cell phone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S. border) was the winner of the Transnational Communities Award. He is an assistant professor at UCSD in the visual arts department and is also a principal/principle investigator at the new edge technology institute CALIT2 ( where he will be researching and developing a performance project in collaboration with artists Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, and Amy Sara Carroll on nanotechnology entitled “Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market” ( that was presented in Berlin (2007) and the San Diego Museum of Art (2008).

Dot.Ret is a multifaceted hacker/artist, who has an active interest in the study and development of digital and psychological sciences (to name a few). He occasionally materializes for intelligent discussions with various members of the community.

Dusk is from central New Jersey. He’s a college student in Monmouth County pursuing an English major.

Echo hails from New York City. He enjoys long walks in the local arcade with cute geek girls, not to mention sexy coding sessions in any language. And ladies, yes, he is single.

Jake Elliott is an artist/hacker living in Chicago. His art practice consists of performance, installation, and interactive work that destabilizes culturally accepted relationships between users and software. He researches and explores connections between early video art and contemporary software art with “criticalartware,” programs lo-fi digital punk microfestivals with “r4wb1t5,” tears computers apart with a hammer onstage with “0UR080R05,” and operates an artist/hacker co-op with “boxen.” In 2006 he started the free computer lab and hacker hangout dai5ychain on the near west side of Chicago.

Nick Farr is a cofounder of HacDC, Make:DC, and The Hacker Foundation. He is an accountant and systems engineer working to improve financial and operational processes within Fortune 500 companies and the federal government. He uses these same skills in his spare time helping assist non-profits, cooperative groups, and many others who help use FOSS technology to fulfill their world-improving missions

Doug Farre is the administrative director of Locksport International, president of the Longhorn Lockpicking Club, and former editor-in-chief of Non Destructive Entry Magazine. Doug is interested in all types of security and is currently a Geophysics student at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches scuba diving in his free time.

Han Fey is a mechanical engineer and passionate lock collector from Europe. He is one of the driving forces behind the locksport organization Toool and is well known for his in-depth articles on high security locks (from his collection). His articles can be found at Lock companies worldwide nowadays invite him to their factory and ask him to write articles about their locks or advise them about lock improvements.

Matt Fiddler is a security researcher whose analysis of lock bypass techniques has resulted in many public and private disclosures of critical lock design flaws. He began his career as an intelligence analyst with the United States Marine Corps. Since joining the commercial sector in 1992, he has enhanced his extensive expertise in the areas of Unix and network engineering, security consulting, computer forensics, and intrusion analysis.

Kevin Figueroa is CEO and information security engineer for K&T International Consulting, providing a spectrum of services like security analysis, penetration testing, compliance audit, wireless security assessment, and reverse engineering analysis. Over the last ten years he has worked for CitiGroup and CNN/money.

Marco Figueroa is CEO and senior security analyst with MAF Consulting Inc, a New York City information security consulting firm. His expertise includes reverse engineering malware, incident handling, hacker attacks and defenses. He has performed numerous security assessments, and responded to computer attacks for clients in market verticals.

Rob T Firefly is an artist, writer, comedian, hacker, prankster, and nerd of all trades from Long Island, New York. A longtime veteran of the NYC2600 and Phone Losers scenes, he collects cat badges, hugs, and things to write after his name. Rob's website is

Limor Fried (aka Ladyada) is owner of Adafruit Industries, an open source electronics kit company based in New York City. Limor developed and built subversive electronic devices, including a pair of glasses that darken whenever television is in view and a jamming device that disables people’s annoying cell phone conversations at the press of a button. She releases much of her work in the form of DIY kits or instruction sets, including persistence of vision displays for bikes, a home brew synthesizer, and a minty iPod charger.

John "DaKahuna" Fulmer is the Director of IT Security for a major aerospace and defense contractor with headquarters in the Washington DC metropolitan area. He is responsible for IT security risk management, security architecture, development of policies and standards, and stewardship of the organization's information assets. He has over 35 years experience in the management and operation of networks and security, including 24 years of active military service with the U.S. Navy. He is an amateur radio operator and active member of the online security community.

Gid is just another professional hacker living in the city of sin. In his off time he tinkers with asterisk and occasionally scripts some php. He currently holds a broad and in-depth experience in most technology fields. Current hobbies include Asterisk and LAMP environments. He’s been contributing to the Telephreak project almost since its inception.

Joshua Ginsberg has served as senior systems administrator and software engineer for the Free Software Foundation over the last three years. He regularly hacks on and contributes to software for the Django web application platform.

Emmanuel Goldstein would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for attending this conference and not simply reading about it on the Internet. Eighty percent of success is just showing up, after all. When not organizing conferences or publishing 2600, he works in radio, does a lot of writing, and sometimes even gets involved in film. A recent traveler to places like Cuba and North Korea, Emmanuel is a seeker of adventure and a finder of trouble.

Hailing from New Jersey, Gonzo is the editor-in-chief of Reprimand, a journalist, explorer, investigator, and all around agent provocateur.

Travis Goodspeed works at the Extreme Measurement Communications Center of the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has spoken at ToorCon 9 and the Texas Instruments Developer's Conference regarding stack overflow exploits for the MSP430-based Wireless Sensor Networks. Having demonstrated that such attacks are possible, his present research is aimed at porting defense techniques, such as ASLR and code-auditing, to this platform.

Grandma Death is an ex-thermoluminescent dosimetrist now software developer. In the early 80s he began developing games for the TI-99 personal computer and has since moved on to more advanced machines.

Johannes Grenzfurthner is an artist, writer, curator, and director. He is the founder of monochrom, an internationally acting art and theory group. He holds a professorship for art theory and art practice at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. He is head of the "Arse Elektronika" festival in San Francisco (2007-) and host of "Roboexotica" (Festival for Cocktail-Robotics) in Vienna (2002-). He also wrote and directed a couple of theater plays. Recurring topics in Johannes’ artistic and textual work are contemporary art, activism, performance, humor, philosophy, postmodernism, media theory, cultural studies, popular culture studies, science fiction, and the debate about copyright.

Virgil Griffith is a first year graduate student in computation and neural systems at the California Institute of Technology. On weekdays he studies information theory and neuroscience. On weekends, he uses datamining to make the Internet a better and more interesting place. He gained notoriety as a freshman in college when the fallout from his first paper caused him to get sued under the Sedition and Espionage Act. Recovering from litigation-related injuries, the following year he dropped out of college to join the School of Informatics at Indiana University, graduating three years later. Now under the auspice of expensive Caltech lawyers, Virgil has renewed his security research.

Gweeds is a hacker chef out of the Unicorn Precinct XIII. He enjoys open source recipe development, collaborative food hacking labs, and writing culinary software.

Ryan "Dr3k" Hannigan is an expert in Scientology and the history of the Sea Org. He currently resides in Hudson County, New Jersey.

Steev Hise is a filmmaker, activist, and artist who recently stopped being a computer geek. He is the founder of, a now mostly inactive website established in 1997 to be a haven for artists and scholars who practice or study artistic appropriation, cultural recycling, or what some call culture jamming. Steev hates when people call themselves “copyright criminals” or “pirates.”

Mark Hosler is a founding member of Negativland. Since 1980, the band has been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio, and live performance using appropriated sound, image, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland rearranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and "culture jamming" (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland has been sued twice for copyright infringement. Over the years, Negativland's "illegal" collage and appropriation-based audio and visual works have touched on many things - pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative anti-corporate activism in a media saturated multinational world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.

Albert Hwang (Phedhex) is an information artist with a background in theatrical design and performance. Stemming from his discrete yet complimentary interests in theater and computers, his work culminates in systems where virtual 3d and actual 3d cut into one another. The Wiremap is an example of such a system, displaying a virtual 3d object in an actual 3d environment.

I-baLL is a mystery wrapped inside an enigma shrouded within a shrubbery. He has been spotted on the Phonelosers forums, on the BinRev forums, at various H/P conferences and even in your bathroom mirror! He is currently seeking a way to phone home.

Peter Jackson has been hacking the things around him for as long as he can remember. He tries his best to lead a sustainable lifestyle and dreams of our grandchildren inheriting a planet that they will be proud of.

Dean Jansen was one of the core conceptual contributors to YouTomb, and he designed the front-end. He is also part of the Miro project, which is a free and open source Internet TV platform meant to decentralize and democratize mass media as it moves online. His most hackish work is on display at

JFalcon has been involved in the scene for almost two decades. He also has the claim to fame of being the first federally convicted computer hacker in the State of Alaska during Operation: Sundevil (1991-1995). Since his release in 1996, he has professionally consulted businesses and business executives in their own security needs along with being a senior system administrator to Fortune 500 companies and U.S. government agencies. Currently, JFalcon maintains his passion for finding unique solutions to today's problems by studying the past, from running his own hybrid BBS system to see how it could compete with social network websites to designing his own robotic antenna controls for his radio gear to studying people's real experiments into hydrogen fuels. He currently calls Seattle his home.

Matt Joyce is a cofounder of Make:NYC ( as well as a member of NYC Resistor ( A systems engineer by trade, and sometime developer/pen tester, he has been a member of the New York City hacking community since the late 90s.

For over 50 years Marty Kaiser has designed and built electronic systems used for government surveillance and countersurveillance by the FBI, CIA, DEA, Secret Service, Army, Navy, Air Force Intelligence, etc., as well as for the intelligence agencies of Egypt, Argentina, and Canada, and for many commercial and private entities. After being subpoenaed to testify before the National Wiretap Commission about corruption and abuse of authority within the FBI, he himself became an FBI target in a bizarre case that cost him his life savings to be vindicated in federal court. Marty has documented all this in his book, Odyssey of an Eavesdropper - My Life in Electronic Countermeasures and My Battle Against the FBI.

Arjen Kamphuis studied science and policy at Utrecht University and worked for IBM as Unix specialist, Tivoli consultant, and software instructor. As IT strategy consultant at Twynstra Gudde, he was involved in starting up Kennisnet, the Dutch educational network. Since 2001 he has been operating as an independent adviser of companies and governments. In 2002 he co-authored the unanimously accepted parliament motion to mandate open standards for all government IT. In 2007 the motion became policy and the Netherlands became the first western country to make the use of open standards in public sector IT mandatory. He is now working to export this set of policies to other European countries with the help of local political parties and business partners. When not consulting, Arjen is actively involved in (digital) civil liberties, the open source movement, and criticizing the war on terror.

Michael Kemp is an experienced UK based security consultant, with a specialism in the penetration testing of web applications and the testing of compiled code bases and DB environments to destruction. As well as the day job, he has been published in a range of journals and magazines, including heise, Network Security, Inform IT, and Security Focus. He is currently preparing his first book length technical manuscript. To date, he has worked for NGS Software, CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation), and a host of freelance clients throughout the globe. Presently, he is working in a day job for UK security consultancy, Orthus Ltd, and planning on touting his shoddy wares via a new start up, which keeps not starting up thanks to life getting in the way. When not breaking things, Michael enjoys loud music, bad movies, weird books, and writing about himself in the third person.

Jon King has been a hobby lockpicker for three years and is a member of Locksport International. He serves in the U.S. Navy and, in his spare time, builds experimental tools for opening high security mechanical locks.

Joe Klein is an IPv6 security researcher at Command Information and a subject matter expert on security for the IPv6 North American Task Force. He has been around computers for over 30 years and spoken at many conferences including BlackHat, Defcon, PhreakNic, and CSI.

Ivan Krstic is the former director of security architecture for the One Laptop Per Child project. Shortly after leaving OLPC, he wrote a damning screed about the state of the project, its commitment to exploratory learning, and its involvement with open source software. He is an author of The Official Ubuntu Book, and has given talks at PyCon and Google.

L33tphreak was a May 2008 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, earning two Bachelors of Science degrees (IT: Security Specialist and IT: Network Specialist) and four Associates of Applied Science degrees (Network Technology, Information Technology Technician, Technical Support Technology, and Web & Applications Technology) during her four years of study. She is a member of Lehigh Valley 2600 (where she acts as web-mistress), Harrisburg 2600, and founder/POC of DC570-1.

Phil Lapsley has spent the last three years documenting the history of phone phreaking through hundreds of interviews and Freedom of Information Act requests. He has been interviewed by National Public Radio and the BBC and quoted in multiple newspapers, including the New York Times, on the topic. He has also presented on phone phreaking history at the 10th Annual Vintage Computer Festival. When not researching phreaking, Phil has tried to act like an upstanding member of society. He co-founded two high technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting company that advises Fortune 100 companies on business strategy. He co-developed Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP, RFC 977) used in the USENET news system. He is also the author of one textbook, 10 patents, and numerous technical articles.

Lazlow is a writer/director/producer for Rockstar Games and has worked on the Grand Theft Auto series since the release of GTA3 in 2001. He also hosted The Technofile, a nationally syndicated radio feature inducted into the Museum of Television and Radio, and has been a contributing writer to Playboy magazine. Currently he hosts The Lazlow Show, which moved from K-Rock New York to XM Satellite Radio and can be heard at

Nick Leghorn is a junior at the Pennsylvania State University majoring in security and risk analysis, with a specialization in information and cyber security. He has spent the summer analyzing the data from the GPS systems in the New York City taxi cabs and working with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, the regulatory agency that controls all of the "for hire" vehicles in the area.

LexIcon is an editorial photographer working in New York. He helped found Carolinacon and is managing several projects for The Last HOPE including the NOC NOC, HOPE Radio, and the Attendee Meta-Data project.

Steven Levy is the author of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, published in 1984 and covering everything from hacker ethics to hacker history. It was a defining work of the culture which continues to be referenced to this day. He has also written several books on computers, technology, cryptography, the Internet, cybersecurity, and privacy. In addition, he is chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek and has contributed to a variety of other publications, including Wired.

Little Sister (aka The New York Nurse) is a graphic design major living in New Jersey, currently working on her second graphic design degree.

Johnny Long is a professional hacker by trade, a pirate by blood, a ninja in training, a security researcher, and author. He can be found lurking at his website ( Johnny is the founder of Hackers For Charity (, an organization that provides hackers with job experience while leveraging their skills for charities that need those skills.

Tim Maloney is an artist, animator, and filmmaker from Los Angeles who has worked extensively in media and print. He has collaborated with culture jammers, Negativland, and was the curator of Snuggles Collective's "Droplift Project."

Far McKon has been involved in technology and community organization since the first day of A.V. Club in high school. During college, he helped run the computer house CoRE at SUNY Binghamton. During his short, dark years in Rochester, he co-founded Ant Hill Cooperative (a housing cooperative), and helped get running. In the summer of 2007, he found himself in Philadelphia and soon became involved in The Hacktory and Make:Philly.

Jeremy McNamara is founder and CTO of NuFone Inc. Over the past ten years, he has assisted in the development and deployment of several ISPs, ITSPs, and application service providers around the United States. He also has extensive development, testing, and deployment expertise with Asterisk PBX and OpenSER-based solutions.

Zi Mei is a New York City based interactive developer, illustrator, and technology consultant. He quickly developed an interest in computers after the purchase of his first home PC (a 16 MHz 386 running DOS 5.0), and spent many of his teenage years heavily involved in the underground art scene, hacker communities, and BBS elite subcultures. In his high school years, armed with plans from 2600 and a penchant for mischief, Zi and several friends made a red box for the purposes of prank calling teachers and school officials. More recently, he served as creative director of a video and voice chat software company. Currently, he works with touch screen technology and develops applications with humane, intuitive control mechanisms.

Mike (Sethdood) is an asshole. Mike lives in Queens.

Kevin Mitnick was our keynote speaker back in 2004. At our last conference in 2006, he was prevented from attending by a severe case of food poisoning in Colombia. This is part of the peril of traveling all over the world as much as he does, giving all sorts of talks in various places about technology, the Internet, and hacking. It’s quite a change from where he was a decade ago, when federal authorities appeared content to keep Kevin locked in prison for the rest of his life - all for being what they considered the “world’s most dangerous hacker.” His ability to understand and use technology seems to either scare people or enlighten them. Fortunately, he seems to be getting through to more of them than ever before which hopefully will help prevent someone else from being put through the hell he endured.

Sean Montgomery is presently finishing his PhD in neuroscience and looking to a future at the interface of art, science, technology and entrepreneurship. His recent work includes the development of biofeedback apparel that detects and displays the electrical signals generated by the body in order to open design and fashion to dynamic new forms of self awareness, personal expression and interpersonal communication.

Alex Muentz would love to be a hacker public defender, but until that's a job description, he protects the rights of large corporations. He's both a computer geek and lawyer. When he's not working or geeking, he tries to spend time with his wife and motorcycle.

Murd0c is a phone-phreak-of-all-trades who wants to be your best friend. Social engineering, lockpicking, and circuit bending Casio keyboards are all among his interests. You can check out his website at

Myrcurial is now a chief information security officer at a mid-market publicly traded financial institution after working as an accounting and audit technician, general manager of an ISP, Information Security consultant, and Information Security coordinator at a power utility. His areas of interest include organizational change, social engineering, blinky lights, and shiny things. He has a recurring column on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. Myrcurial is wondering if his employer is watching.

Phineas Narco is proprietor of The National Cynical Network and was a member of a voicemail community in California's Silicon Valley, which spontaneously arose there shortly before the advent of the world wide web. Members of this voice mail (or “voicejail”) community would use voice mailbox systems as a means of social networking and creative expression, much in the way blogs and websites are used on the Internet today. These “voicejailers” would often create collages out of audio media, mixing them with recordings of incoming voice mail messages. The resultant mixes would then be placed on their outgoing greetings, to then be recorded and used by other members of the community, creating an underground media-sharing phone culture. Phineas now hosts "Midnight Voicejail" broadcasts which document this pre-web voice mailbox scene by presenting actual recordings from it. Phineas has also performed with members of Negativland, mostly on Negativland's radio show Over the Edge, and is a reclusive yet prominent figure in the Church of the Subgenius.

NeoAmsterdam: n., mixed etym.; programmer that isn't; master of the splice block; have Newton will travel. B.F.A., M.C.A; en_US-NYC, es_AR-BUE, es_CL-SCL; Bash, BASIC, C99, CSS, [La]TeX, Logo, [X]HTML. see also, 0113-1141, 0194-357X, 1-881957-24-1, 0-201-37937-6, and 0-8143-3203-X.

Karsten Nohl hacks hardware with folks at CCC and some of the Shmoos. He is currently finishing his PhD at UVA where his research bridges theoretical cryptography and hardware implementation. Some of his current projects deal with RFID crypto, privacy protection, and the value of information.

Notkevin is a regular on Off The Hook and works quietly behind the scenes at 2600. Apart from pursuing a degree in information assurance, he spends his time tinkering with phones and social engineering He is also the keynote speaker for Pace University’s computer science community outreach program, traveling to local inner city high schools to teach security, social engineering, and hacking.

Jens Ohlig is a software developer and activist with the Chaos Communications Club in Germany. He has been active in the German hacker spaces C4 (Cologne), and Netzladen (Bonn). He helped to organize the Hacker Spaces Tour at last summer's Hackers on a Plane tour. His “Hacker Space Design Patterns” talk inspired the creation of the U.S. hacker spaces NYCResistor and HacDC.

Pan is the founder of the Sensory Research Network, a virtual home for engineers, designers, and artists dedicated to providing useful tools, services, and ideas to augment human interaction. SRN is also host to the various projects of the Snuggles Collective and the audio archive for the Church of the Subgenius Hour of Slack. Pan is the creator and host of the long running technology radio show Interactive Technologies. He has been participating in culture jamming for nearly 20 years in various forms from image collage, audio collage, and screening to cultural pranks.

Alessio L.R. Pennasilico, a.k.a. mayhem, lives and works in Verona (Italy) as a security evangelist for Alba S.T. s.r.l. His personal and working interests are Information Technology, security issues, open source and digital rights. He is usually a speaker at most of the Italian national events such as SMAU, Infosecurity, E-privacy, Linux Day, OpenCon, OpenEXP, ESC and the Italian HackMeeting. He also holds workshops in secondary schools and Italian universities, with the aim of spreading the culture for an awareness of today’s technology.

Michael Perkins is an independent recording artist and advocate for free music technology. He lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Christopher Petro is a New York City based software architect. He has been AV coordinator for the HOPE conferences since 2000.

Bre Pettis is one of the driving forces behind NYCResistor. He produces new media for, the marketplace for handmade goods. In his recent past, he's been host of Make: Magazine's Weekend Projects podcast, a schoolteacher, artist, and a puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.

PokeAnon does media relations for He lives on Long Island where he is a student. PokeAnon’s father is a Scientologist and it has been an issue for him in his private life.

Randy Polumbo is an artist, builder, and musician who lives and works in New York City and Joshua Tree, California. He came to New York in 1982 to study art at Cooper Union and started making strange electronic assemblages out of found objects from the trash and homemade parts. Today, much work is made of cast glass and metal elements fabricated in his downtown studio, along with electronics, solar panels, and sex toys of various sorts. Recent saucy yet environmental work has led to the first year ever of multiple police and Secret Service actions against his product. Polumbo is working on a monumental installation first for Burning Man, which will later be permanently installed in downtown Joshua Tree. It is a "Grotto" of erotic and troubling flowers framing a video installation inside of an old Military semi trailer command office surrounded by a field of dildo and butt plug flowers.

R0d3nt has been a network engineer and security consultant for over ten years. Before that he ran BBS's and worked whatever underground project needed help. His first computer was a Commodore VIC20. He currently does security work for ISPs, data centers, and .COMs. Some of his interests include amateur and commercial radio, WiFi, VoIP, and general/commercial aviation.

Tiffany Strauchs Rad is the president of ELCnetworks, LLC., a technology and business development consulting firm with offices in Portland, Maine and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her consulting projects have included defensive patenting for startups and security consulting for biohazard “Hot Zones” at the CDC. She is also a part-time professor in the computer science department at the University of Southern Maine teaching computer law and ethics. Her academic background includes study of international law and policy at Oxford University in England, Tsinghua University in Beijing, Maine School of Law, as well as intellectual property at Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, New Hampshire.

Laura Raderman's background is in network and host security, but she's recently been implementing security projects for large enterprises. She's had a GPG key in some form or another since 1998, and a PKI based certificate for the last five years. She's advised industry and federal technical groups about PKI. Laura is the director of security assessments at Gemini Security Solutions.

Steve Rambam is the founder and CEO of Pallorium, Inc. (, a licensed investigative agency with offices and affiliates worldwide, including Texas, Louisiana, California, and New York. Since 1980, Pallorium's investigators have successfully closed more than 8000 cases, ranging from homicide investigations to missing persons cases to the investigation of various types of sophisticated financial and insurance frauds. Steven was one of the first investigators to expose "prime bank note" and "trading program" frauds, and his investigations in conjunction with U.S. federal law enforcement agencies resulted in some of the first convictions and imprisonment of PBN fraudsters. He is perhaps best publicly known for his pro bono activities, which have included the investigation of nearly 200 Nazi collaborators and war criminals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. Steven has also coordinated efforts to expose terrorist groups' fundraising activities in the United States and has conducted investigations which resulted in the tightening of airport security in eight U.S. cities.

Michael Rash holds a master's degree in applied mathematics with a concentration in computer security from the University of Maryland. He is the founder of, an organization dedicated to open source security software for Linux systems, and works professionally as a security architect for the Dragon IDS/IPS for Enterasys Networks. He is the author of the book Linux Firewalls: Attack Detection and Response with iptables, psad, and fwsnort published by No Starch Press and is a frequent speaker at computer security conferences.

Ray is a 0x20 year old hacker from Germany. Besides having the equivalent of a masters degree in computer science and interests in Unix/Linux security, he's been collecting and picking all kinds of locks for over a decade. He's also a founding member of his local CCC organization and leads his region's lockpicking sports group.

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro, known on the internetS as bicyclemark, has produced a podcast (found at on underreported news and global concerns since 2004. Through interviews with people working in the field throughout the world and his own investigative reports, his is one of the few independent podcasts produced regularly and focusing on issues of global conflicts and quality of life. Among his work experience and former projects, Mark did a stint at the Village Voice as a researcher for the city/state politics section in 2001. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, he is both Portuguese and American and for the last six years, a happy resident of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

RenderMan is a Canadian born and raised hacker making the rough transition to the professional world. He is a frequent speaker at hacker and security cons around the world. He is also co-author of RFID Security and Kismet Hacking by Syngress Publishing. When not adding to his expanding collection of badges, he is desperately seeking employment with a company who can support such a lifestyle and allow him to continue stuffing electronics into things like teddy bears.

Erik Sanner uses new media to create "moving paintings" - dynamic installations in which computers compose montages which are projected onto prepared surfaces such as oil paintings. He has been exhibiting visual art for over a decade in galleries and museums in Tokyo and New York. Erik enjoys collaborating with human and machine artists and lay-entities.

Adam Savage is one of the two original MythBusters, and uses his background in visual effects to investigate all the myths on the popular television program aired on the Discovery Channel. Throughout his life he has been an animator, graphic designer, carpenter, projectionist, film developer, television show host, set designer, toy designer, and has many sculptures on display in museums across the United States. He also teaches advanced model making in the industrial design department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Recently separated from more than eight years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, Michael "theprez98" Schearer is a government contractor working in central Maryland. He is a contributor to several Syngress books, including Penetration Tester's Open Source Toolkit (Volume 2) and Netcat Power Tools. He is an amateur radio operator and active member of the Netstumbler, Defcon, and Remote Exploit forums, a football coach, and father of three.

Eric Schmiedl has spoken at BlackHat 2007, the 2006 Dutch Open, and Defcon 14. He is a member of the TOOOL.US board of directors, maintains a semblance of an undergraduate career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has been picking locks all his life.

Paul "Froggy" Schneider is one of the founding organizers of the annual Notacon (pronounced "Not A Con") event held in Cleveland, OH. Over the past five years of running Notacon, he has learned a great deal about how complicated things really are behind the scenes of any kind of event and can greatly commiserate with the HOPE organizers. He has taken a keen interest in a lot of the human aspects of the hacker con, including organization, psychology, and sociology. For his day job, he is an IT and facilities manager at a major research university in Cleveland and grudgingly holds a BA in computer science, often wondering why he didn’t go for a more interesting artsy-fartsy degree. In his spare time he produces electronic music, hacks people, runs conferences, and recently has begun getting more involved in the demoscene.

Jodie "Tyger" Schneider is the real brains and brawn behind Notacon, making sure that stuff gets done. Her original intent for starting Notacon was realized when she noted that the main reason she attended hacker cons was to interact with people more so than to learn about technology. This led her to form Notacon as a forum for open communication and idea sharing as much as a technical and arts conference. For her day job, she is a developer and database administrator for her local county government.

Jason Scott is the proprietor of, a collection of decades of computer and online history, as well as the director of a couple of computer history documentaries, including subjects such as Bulletin Board Systems ( and text adventures (

Chris Seidel grew up in California and earned a PhD from U.C. Berkeley in biochemistry and molecular biology while spending many late nights in the lab listening to Off the Hook. He has worked in both academic and biotech positions developing technology for measuring gene expression. Currently he works as a scientist at a nonprofit research institute.

Ben Sgro aka mr-sk enjoys living life in New York. His current research focuses on evolutionary robotics. He enjoys his dogs, reading, great food, music, programming, and everything New York has to offer.

Gaurav Shah is a PhD candidate in computer and information sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include covert channels, network security, and distributed systems. His work on Keyboards and Covert Channels won Best Student Paper at Usenix Security Symposium 2006.

Micah Sherr is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His academic interests include anonymity, e-voting security, and eavesdropping and wiretap systems.

Sidepocket has been called many things: geek, nerd, hacker, technology buff, video game designer, comedian, photographer, web designer, skeptic, and amateur philosopher. His main focus thus far has been supporting and working in the video game industry. He has also interacted with the Phone Losers of America for an undisclosed amount of time and was one of the first to rebel against Vornado Realty Trust's infringement on the Hotel Pennsylvania's well being.

Slestak is a virtually unknown, regularly misunderstood, profoundly dyslexic technologist (hacker) from the western United States. Primary modes of interest include: photonics, electronics, telephone systems, radio, computers, perception bending, linguistics, cryptography (fundamentals only), and a wide variety of nearly useless and fun projects merging all of the above.

Quentin Smith is part of Free Culture at MIT, as well as an undergrad at MIT. He is the cornerstone hacker on the YouTomb project, and has been contributing code since nearly the beginning.

Smoke was originally trained as a plumber 25 years ago but has worn many hats over the years like TV repairman, electrician, cook, locksmith, property manager, and PC technician. He currently works for a national ISP and spends his spare time attending cons, computer shows, and other interesting events/destinations.

Mike Spindel is a recovering graduate student with a penchant for security research and good bourbon. His interests include distributed systems, MANETs, reverse engineering, and physical access control.

Douglas Spink has an undergraduate degree from Reed College in cultural anthropology, with a focus on corporate cultural systems and an MBA from the University of Chicago (marketing and finance). He taught entrepreneurship classes - with much focus on corporate governance issues - to fellow inmates during his two years in federal prison on smuggling charges. He is currently CTO of Baneki Privacy Computing, a jurisdictionally distributed provider of security-enhanced network connectivity services.

Robert Steele has been described by Bruce Sterling in The Hacker Crackdown as 100 times as smart and 10,000 times more dangerous than the best of the hackers. He is one of the original defenders and champions of hackers as having the right stuff.

Steph99 is a bike riding, tree-hugging, science-fetishizing, turntable loving Unix geek from Philadelphia. She has volunteered and co-led workshops at several Prometheus Radio Project barnraisings. In January 2007, she joined a crew of PRP and Indymedia folks at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, to share skills and build some radio with independent journalists from all over Africa. She works as a Unix sysadmin and is pursuing a Master of Environmental Studies, which she hopes to use to promote environmental justice and appropriate technology.

John Strauchs is a former staff intelligence officer with the CIA who has since become a nationally-recognized expert on security systems technology in the physical security arena. He has more than 38 years of experience and owned a professional security engineering firm for 23 years, Systech Group, Inc. He now runs a consulting firm, Strauchs LLC. He has testified before Congress on security matters. Landmark projects he has led include the Ronald Reagan Building, the World Trade Center following the 1993 bombing, and Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. He is one of the chief authors of the ISC (GSA) Security Design Criteria. He has written or contributed to more than 90 professional journal articles and ten books. He has been interviewed on security matters on NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, the Jim Lehrer News Hour, Equal Time, and others. He has been quoted or interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, and others. As a pertinent aside, he was the subject matter expert for the motion picture Sneakers and assisted in the development of the caper scenes in the movie. What few know, however, is that he inserted deliberate, but subtle, technical errors so that defeat techniques couldn’t be easily copied by would-be miscreants.

John Threat is a former hacker with many pseudonyms, but known mostly as Corrupt. He was a member of both the Masters Of Deception and 8lgm. His high profile exploits both online and off have been chronicled in periodicals from Wired (cover) to The Washington Post to CBS's 60 Minutes. After consulting with detective agencies’ overseas offices, John turned to film and works as a writer/director for music videos, commercials, and television. He wrote and directed Hackateer ( to bring true stories from the underground to life.

Marc Tobias is an investigative attorney and security specialist living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As part of his practice, he represents and consults with lock manufacturers, government agencies, and corporations in the U.S. and overseas regarding the design and bypass of locks and security systems. He has authored six police textbooks, including Locks, Safes, and Security, which is recognized as the primary reference for law enforcement and security professionals worldwide. The second edition, a 1400 page two-volume work, is utilized by criminal investigators, crime labs, locksmiths, and those responsible for physical security. A 14 volume multimedia edition of his book is also available online. His website is at

Phillip Torrone is an author, artist, hardware tinkerer and senior editor of MAKE Magazine. He has authored and contributed to numerous books on programming, mobile devices, design, multimedia, hardware hacking and is a contributing editor for Popular Science. Phillip also co-produces the MAKE audio and video content on the site. In his spare time he helps design open source electronics.

TProphet aka The Telecom Informer is both a well-known phreak and a regular columnist for 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. When he's not writing about telecommunications, TProphet enjoys visiting unusual places (ask him about North Korea) and DJing at underground electronic music events. He works as a systems engineer and lives in the Seattle area.

pete tridish was a member of the founding collective of Radio Mutiny, 91.3 FM in Philadelphia. He is also a founder of the Prometheus Radio Project. In 1997, he was an organizer for Radio Mutiny's demonstrations at Benjamin Franklin's Printing Press - the station broadcast in open defiance of the FCC’s unfair rules that prohibit low power community broadcasting.. He has been an organizer of "radio barnraisings" in 11 communities around the United States, in which a whole radio station is built by hundreds of volunteers in three days. He actively participated in the rulemaking that led up to the adoption of LPFM, and on the lawsuit Prometheus vs. the FCC, which held back a major round of media consolidation of ownership in the United States. He has helped to build a number of low power radio stations and provided advice to hundreds. Pete has done radio trainings in Guatemala, Colombia, Nepal, Tanzania, Jordan, and other countries. He has spoken at colleges, coffee shops, living rooms, and even the CATO Institute. He has been interviewed for many dozens of periodicals, news shows, and documentaries. Over the years he has been a carpenter, an environmental educator, a solar energy system installer, a squatter, a homeless shelter volunteer, and an activist in many social movements since the age of 16.

Mark Vogelsberger studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe and theoretical physics and mathematics at the University of Mainz. In 2006 he finished his diploma thesis on dissipation processes in quantum mechanics. At the moment he is a PhD student of astrophysics at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich. There he is working on numerical methods and simulations to explore the small scale structure of dark matter. The goal is to make predictions for direct and indirect dark matter searches. Besides his research interests he has been working for the last ten years for the German Linux Magazin writing the monthly “InSecurity News” and other security related articles. He developed the Secumod security kernel module for SuSE Linux and worked for a while at the computing center of the University of Karlsruhe.

Barry Wels is founder and president of the Dutch locksport organization Toool. He was one of the pioneers to bring the locksport concept to the United States. Barry is well known for his presentations on physical security as well as creating awareness for lock vulnerabilities and other lock related problems. His weblog “blackbag” ( is well read by hobby lockpickers and the lock industry.

Marcia Wilbur is author of DMCA: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act and served as a committee member of the Free Software Foundation's Digital Speech Project. She also worked with Daniel Orr on drafting the Electronic Frontier Foundation's DMCA FAQ for the DMCA Blog. She holds an AAS in computer science, a BS in technical communications and an MS in technology from Arizona State University. The topic of her final applied project was the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act.

Currently employed in a Fortune 50 company performing penetration testing and risk assessments, Thomas Wilhelm has spent over 15 years in the information system career field, and has received numerous certifications. He is currently a PhD student and is the founder of the PenTest LiveCD project. Thomas has written for Hakin9 magazine and has been published in multiple books, including: Penetration Tester's Open Source Toolkit, Volume 2; Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing; and Netcat Toolkit, all available through Syngress Publishing.

Anthony Williams is the CEO and information security architect for IRON::Guard Security, LLC where he performs penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, audits, and incident response. His experience as an information security professional with over 13 years of IT experience includes proficiency in regulatory environments including Sarbanes-Oxley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act with an extensive background in IT audits using ISO/BS 17799 and COBIT. Anthony is a member of the FBI Infragard, Information Systems Security Association, and Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Kevin Williams is a senior network security consultant for a web application development company in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to working in the private sector, he served in the United States Air Force as a computer programmer, spending over three years at the Air Force Information Warfare Center. During his ten years on active duty, he worked on IT projects at many diverse locations including the Air Force CERT, Marine Corps CERT, Cheyenne Mountain, a missile warning and space surveillance radar station, and in the subterranean maintenance levels of a nuclear missile silo. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in software engineering from Grantham University. Kevin is currently pursuing his Master of Science degree in information systems and security from the Center for Cyber-Security Policy at Our Lady of the Lake University, an NSA certified Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Christina Xu has been a leader in the Free Culture movement. She coined the YouTomb name and has been involved in the conceptual framing of the project. She inline skates everywhere.

Dino Dai Zovi is an information security professional and independent security researcher. He has presented his research on hardware virtualization rootkits, 802.11 wireless client security, and exploitation techniques at BlackHat, CanSecWest, Microsoft's BlueHat Security Briefings, and Defcon. He is best known for discovering and exploiting a vulnerability in Apple QuickTime to break into a fully patched Macbook Pro at the PWN2OWN contest at CanSecWest 2007.