Hacker History sits down with Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda. Rob tells us all about how he created Slashdot back in the day. Rob's story is full of amazing twists and turns. He started one of the most influential websites ever created while in college and it grew into being an amazing community. Rob gives us a ton of amazing insights into history, community, and communication. It's a truly lovely story.
Hacker History sits down with Kyle Rankin to hear his story. Kyle walks us through his journey into being an author of many technical books. We touch on early topics like Knoppix, DevOps, infosec, Linux Journal, and more. Then, in the most meta way possible, Kyle has written a book about writing technical books. It's a super fun conversations that covers Kyle's amazing journey.
Hacker History sits down with signal9 and talk about his story. He starts out learning computers in the 80's then takes a massive detour into the world of log cabin building (not a metaphor). Eventually he finds his way back into helpdesk, then developing, and then security. All while keeping the hacker mindset in tow.
Hacker History sits down with Harish Pillay and hear about his journey. We start with curiosity that leads to hardware and ham radio. Eventually Harish is a graduate student and received a tape from the Free Software Foundation. We hear some stories about the early days of free software and how Harish was involved. We hear about the first Linux conference in Singapore and finish up with the best advice you can give a new hacker. Stay curious.
Hacker History sits down with Abe. We hear about Abe's younger days in rural Canada. How he accidentally ended up in the Canadian army, and got to help work on a program in the army hosting capture the flag events. He eventually comes the head of security for a large Canadian city, which was full of surprises and lessons.
Hacker History sits down with Lars Wirzenius. We hear about Lars growing up in Finland and the unique Swedish computer he started using. The GNU Manifesto changed his life. Lars witnessed the birth of Linux and helped fix some early issues. Started using Python back in 1993. He became a Debian developer, founded a backup company, worked for the Wikimedia Foundation. And now Lars is a huge fan of the Rust programming language.
Hacker History sits down with Shecky about his hacker story. We start with Atari computers and PDP11s. Shecky tells us how sometimes the least technical hack is the best hack in a story about pwning a friend during school. He moves to photography for a while, then find himself back in the world of computing with a goal of security. The story is fascinating and ends on some fantastic advice for all of us.
Hacker History sits down with evilmog and learns of his hacker story. We start out hearing about evilmog's antics as a youth including hacking muds, getting banned from the school network, and his first few gigs out of school until he landed at IBM doing networking. He ends up in Afghanistan doing networking where he found his hacker skills useful. We also hear about topics like hashcat, DerbyCon, Defcon, and Cyphercon. We finish up with some great advice on how to meet new folks and being a hacker is not the same as infosec.
Hacker History sits down with Jarrod Coulter to talk about how he got into red teaming. Jarrod's story starts out in IT and eventually find us discussing how he started a red team from the ground up and some of the lessons learned along the way. Jarrod also runs the GRASSr00tz security conference and we learn how it got started.