Transcription of L0pht Testimony

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Hackers Testifying at the United States Senate, May 19, 1998 (L0pht Heavy Industries)
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Senator Thompson: …If you gentlemen would come forward.. We’re joined today by the seven members of the L0pht, Hacker think Tank in Cambridge Massachusetts. Due to the sensitivity of the work done at the L0pht, they’ll be using their hacker names of; Mudge, Weld, Brian Oblivion, Kingpin, Space Rogue, Tan, and Stephen Von Neumann. Gentlemen…

Off Camera: I thought you were the Kingpin?
(Laughter)

Senator Thompson: I ah, I hope my grandkids don’t ask me who my witnesses were today, and say.. Space Rogue…

But we do, we do understand your — and do appreciate your being with us. Do you, ah, May I ask your name?

Mudge: I’m Mudge

Senator: Mudge would you like to make a statement?

Mudge: Yes I would. Emmm! Thank you very much for having us here. We think this is hopefully a very great step forward and are thrilled that the government in general is, is starting to approach the hacker community, we think it’s a tremendous asset that the hackers bring to the table here, an understanding! Emm! My handle is Mudge and I and the six individuals seated before you, which we run down the line: Brian Oblivion, this is John Tan, King Pin, Weld Pun, Space Rogue, and Stephen Von Neumann… We make up the hacker group known as The L0pht. And for the last four years, the seven of us has been touted as just about everything, from The Hacker Conglomerate, The Hacker think tank, the hangout place for the top US hackers, Network security experts and the Consumer watch group. In reality, all we really are, is just Curious. For, well over the past decade, the seven of us have independently learned and worked in the fields of satellites communication, cryptography, operating systems’ design and implementation, computer network security, electronics and telecommunications.
To other learning process, we’ve made few waves with some large companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Novell, and Sun Microsystems. At the same time, the top hackers, and the top legitimate cryptographers, and computer security professionals pay us visits when they are in town, just to see what we’re currently working on.. so we kind of figured we must be doing something right.
I’d like to take the opportunity to let the various members talk about few of their various projects, their current projects and what they are going to be working on the future. Emm! Weld?

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About Space Rogue

Space Rogue is widely sought after by journalists and industry analysts for his unique views and perceptions of the information security industry. He has been called to testify before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and has been quoted in numerous magazine and newspaper articles as well as appeared on such TV shows as News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN Nightly News, ABC News Online with Sam Donaldson, and others. A recognized name within the industry, Space Rogue has written articles that are often quoted or refered to by other major media outlets. He has spoken before numerous audiances including the Digital Messageing Association, Defcon, Pumpcon, HOPE, H2K, and others. As a former member of L0pht Heavy Industries, Space Rogue ran the widely popular Hacker News Network which quickly became a major resource on the Internet for daily information security news. Before HNN he ran the The Whacked Mac Archives, which at the time, was the largest and the most popular Macintosh security site on the net. Currently Space Rogue does consulting for various companies.

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