“Born at the Right Time”: How Kid Hackers Became Cyberwarriors

Source: Re/Code and NBC News

Found this particular article, and it struck a chord with me. For one, I have a 3 year old son, who I hope, in the back of mind, becomes involved with IT in some form or fashion. The other thing, that I’m always thinking about, is how I wonder I would have grown up, if I grew up in a different decade, more specifically, a more modern decade. I’ve seen quite the transition in my time. I remember dialing into local BBS over my 1200 baud modem, I remember all the crappy old ISPs like AOL, Prodigy, CompuServe, and even eWorld (yes, I was a member, for a short while).

Now I’m living in the age of high-speed data, where everyone has an email address, and the modern world is connected with copper and fiber. I’ve seen a lot in my days, and I’m curious what my son will see in his days.

Some quotes from the article(s):

A few years ago, when Greg Martin was in his mid 20s and teaching a computer security course for NASA engineers, he stumbled on an arcane bit of information that stopped him cold: the original set of rules governing the Internet, created in September 1981, the month he was born.

That coincidence helped Martin understand a little better his improbable journey from rural Texas to the center of the fight against cybercrime. A former child hacker who commandeered his high school’s servers and spent his teens studying, manipulating and repairing some of the earliest computer networks, Martin’s life had paralleled the rise of the Internet, culminating with an explosion in data theft, corporate espionage and digital warfare that made him and a generation of other self-taught security experts some of the most sought-after figures in Silicon Valley. “I was just born at the right time,” he said.

The escalating roster of high-profile attacks against America’s most powerful corporations, including a hack of Sony Pictures that stoked hostilities between the U.S. and North Korea, has fueled the rise of a cybersecurity industry in which a growing number of CEOs are native hackers like Martin, now 33 and the founder of a startup called ThreatStream, which helps companies and government agencies share data on attacks as they develop around the world.

Read more of this article at Re/Code and NBC News.

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