Born in 1979, I got into computers at around age 10, calling local
BBSes (Bulletin Board Systems, message boards accessed by dialing a
specific computer via modem). I first discovered the internet around
1990, using email, ftp, archie, irc, and gopher (a text-based precurser
to the web). Around 1992 I became interested in the hacking / phone phreaking
(hacking the phone system) scene, and became pretty active in the local
612/Minneapolis area hacking scene.
In early 1998 I joined the Legions of
the Underground started by my good friend optiklenz. LoU is best
known for hacking Time Warner, hacking the "Great FireWall of China," and
hacking 24,000 Japanese domains at once which is the largest mass hack in
history. I have published articles in the LoU ezine Keen Veracity, and was editer of
the last issue. I resigned from Legions on October 6, 2005.
In 1999 and 2000 I put together a computer security convention called
RootFest, held in the Minneapolis
area. Noted speakers included Bruce Schneier, Adam L Beberg, Peter
Shipley, optiklenz, and others. It was the first of its kind in the
midwest, and drew about 300 people each year.
I have worked in mainframe operations, network and systems
administration, and computer security doing penetration testing and
network audits. I specialize in unix administration, and unix and network
security. Other areas of interest include networking and communications,
encryption and cryptography, security, cellular technology, and improving
my web design skills. When I'm not sitting in front of a computer I enjoy
music, movies, photography, and hanging out with friends.
Feel free to send me email. You can encrypt it with my GPG Key available here or on any public
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Update 2021/01/26: New GPG ed25519 key listed