Explore where it all began, interviews with retro hackers, the pioneers and forefathers of yesteryear. The true old school hackers amongst our societies have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. We will dive into fascinating stories that made hacker history.

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Our Recent Episodes

The history of InfoSecSherpa

September 2021 / Josh Bressers /
Hacker History sits down with Tracy Maleeff AKA InfoSecSherpa. We learn of Tracy's early years, how she developed the hacker mindset by breaking into her house after school. We also talk about her journey into technology and infosec while getting an enormous amount of advice on how to enter and excel in the infosec space. […]

The history of Larry Cashdollar

August 2021 / Josh Bressers /
Hacker History sits down with Larry Cashdollar. We learn about Larry's humble beginnings not being allowed to touch the home computer. He talks about some penetration testing before that was even a thing and how he ended up where he is today. Larry's story should be an inspiration to anyone who hears it. Show Notes […]

The history of Mike Goetzman

August 2021 / Josh Bressers /
Hacker History sits down with Mike Goetzman to learn about his history. Mike is the person behind the CypherCon, the Wisconsin Hacker Conference. We learn about how Mike caused some trouble in school, got to help out as the "punishment", goes to school, meets his wife on ICQ. Mike traveled to Cuba to help spread […]

The history of Steve Ragan

June 2021 / Josh Bressers /
Hacker History sits down with Steve Ragan. Steve tells us about his early years of computer games, hacking, warez, modems, and dumpster diving. He eventually ends up as a security journalist and now is responsible for the yearly State of the Internet report. Show Notes Steve Ragan State of the Internet report

The history of Melanie Ensign

June 2021 / Josh Bressers /
Hacker History sits down with Melanie Ensign and learn about how she got started programming church hymns into the home computer. Melanie's journey begins as wanting to study sharks and ends up doing hacker public relations. The interview has fantastic background noises from Melanie's home in Mexico. Come for the story, stay for the birds! […]