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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 08:18 PM

FRONTLINE Interviews Alex Stamos On Social Media Ethics, Security In The U.S., World

Alex Stamos is an old friend of Beto O'Rourke, and later member of the original hacking supergroup, The Cult of the Dead Cow, of which Beto was a founding member. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Stamos

Members of the cDc, the first hackers, communicated together from all over the country, organized the first hacker conferences; became the major advisers and consultants to the Pentagon, Intel agencies, and the Congressional Intelligence committees, and are now among the heads of the security industry, founders of great software corporations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_of_the_Dead_Cow

Twenty of them are now known, and I recommend reading Joseph Menn's Cult of the Dead Cow -- How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World (2019), to learn how they've kept net industries from being the Wild West. There's a lot to learn about our Internet communications issues and history, and this cDc group is a good start. Not all of them are in Wikipedia, but Googling them works.

*Kevin Wheeler/Swamp Rat
Bill Brown/Franken Gibe
Beto O'Rourke/Psychedelic Warlord
Carrie Campbell/Lady Carolin
Jessy Dryden/Drunkfux
Paul Leonard/Obscure Images
Chris Tucker/Nightstalker
Dan MacMillan/White Knight
Misha Kubecka/Omega
John Lester/Count Zero
Luke Benfey/Deth Vegetble
Sam Anthony/Tweety Fish
*Peiter Zatka/Mudge
Laird Brown/Oxblood ruffin
Josh Buchbinder/Sir Dystic
Christien Rioux/Dildog
Adam O'Donnell/Javaman
Jacob Appelbaum/IOerror
Kemal Adman/Mixter
Patrick Kroupa/Lord Digital

The rest want to remain anonymous. I'm not sure if cDc officially exists anymore.

Stamos is now recognized as the greatest expert on Internet security threats, and helped Facebook and Robert Mueller trace the biggest data steal from Cambridge Analytica and Russia's GRU.

Stamos wants our technology sector to build institutional memory.
The best reason is that the social good of our technology systems will become the a large part of the ethical underpinning of our democracy.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 08:31 PM

1. I was kind of amazed when I heard that Beto was a founding member of cDc

I remember them from way, way, way back. They were the first ones I remember using port 31337 for anything, lol.

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Response to htuttle (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 08:37 PM

4. Yep, they were.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 08:32 PM

2. Is that DU's Swamp Rat on that list?

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 08:36 PM

3. Haha... you'd have to ask him. I vaguely remember his laughing about the reference.

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