’90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn’t improved in 20 years

18 juni 2018

Interview It has been 20 years since Chris Wysopal (AKA Weld Pond) and his colleagues at the Boston-based L0pht* hacker collective famously testified before the US Senate that the internet was hopelessly insecure.

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Wysopal, now a successful entrepreneur and computer security luminary, recently went back to Capitol Hill, Washington**, with three of his colleagues (Space Rogue, Kingpin and Mudge) to mark the anniversary of the first cybersecurity hearing in Congress.

Not much has improved in the two decades since, as we discovered when El Reg caught up with Wysopal, co-founder and CTO of application security firm Veracode, at the recent Infosec conference in London.

John Leyden, for The Register: I’d like to start by asking you how L0pht (the band) got together?

Chris Wysopal (AKA Weld Pond): L0pht had just started when I joined. It had only been in existence for less than a year. And I ran into one of the founding members, Brian Oblivion, on a bulletin board system because it’s free. This is pre-internet, 1992. If you were on the internet then you’ve [either] got a corporate or academic connection.

I was working at Lotus at the time and I was dabbling with understanding the internet. But there was no way to talk to other people really that I knew of. So I was on the local bulletin board. Some of them were kind of hacker-oriented and I ran into this guy Brian Oblivion. He had some you technical files. He was hardware oriented. He was basically taking apart cell phones and looking at the firmware and figuring out how they worked.

I didn’t know anyone else doing that, so I started an online friendship with him and then we met in person and he got to know me over just a few weeks.

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/18/l0pht_chris_wysopal_interview/

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