Computer TV personality Jerry Seregni recently spoke at an NOPC meeting. One of the things he did was introduce Chad Cox as a super hacker. Jerry said that in 20 minutes or so, Chad had hacked into a protected computer. He was the best hacker in Jerry's hacking-prevention class.
Here's how Jerry has described Chad and his forthcoming NOPC March 7 demo:
"Mr. Cox's Linkedin page is at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/chad-cox/21/95b/18 , However, I happen to know that he is now employed by [a security center]. He is on the Dean's List at Tulane University's School of Continuing Studies for Fall 2011.
"Chad E. Cox's presentation will focus on the mind of the hacker (script kiddies, crackers, hacktivists, et al), and where individuals like himself fit in. Mr. Cox is considers himself a white hat hacker (one of the good guys) with gray hat tendencies -- meaning he strays occasionally, but never to the degree where anyone would be harmed or the FBI would come knocking on his door.
"Our speaker first and foremost wants to raise awareness about threats to infrastructure and SCADA attacks, like the ones in Iran. Members of the NOPC have probably heard about the episode in Illinois where a water system was compromized, but the attack was never publicly acknowledged. Mr. Cox says we can rest assured it won't be the last time something like this happens.
"Almost everything today is connected to and/or controlled via the Internet. While it is wonderful to be living in the Information Age, the infrastructure of our nation, our personal wealth, and our safety and well-being have never been more vulnerable.
"Mr. Cox will demonstrate how easy it is for bad guys to take control of your PC, steal your passwords, and remove all traces of it ever happening. It's scary stuff, but to be on-guard, the public needs to know what to look for. Mr. Cox will share ways you can best avoid being a victim."
Chad has added that he will have someone with him to illustrate an actual hack attack from the WAP to the victims and back. "I will have a tower with windows on it and a linksys router. With this I will have my laptop, his laptop and hopefully I'll have a KVM so that people can watch the action as it happens."
Chad spoke for a few minutes at an earlier NOPC meeting and he is back by member demand. Come and watch what he can do and how you can help prevent being hacked in the future.