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Famed ATM Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Black Hat Conference 110

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wiredmikey writes "A shocking and sad day today in the security industry. Well known hacker Barnaby Jack has passed away, sending a shock through the security community. Jack, a famed white hat hacker, was scheduled to present at the Black Hat conference on Tuesday, and present research on vulnerabilities in implantable medical devices. Shocked reactions hit the Twittersphere on Friday, as many in the industry conveyed their condolences, shock, and even disbelief, hoping new of the death was some sort of hoax. 'I just wake up and heard this, really sad, I can't believe this, no words,' Cesar Cerrudo, CTO, IOActive Labs, said in an email to SecurityWeek. Barnaby Jack is probably best known for his ATM hacking demonstrations, which he liked to refer as 'Jackpotting,' and performed at a few conferences, including a demonstration at Black Hat 2010 that got media attention around the world. The San Francisco Medical Examiner's office told Reuters that Jack had died in San Francisco on Thursday, but did not provide additional details."
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Famed ATM Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Black Hat Conference

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  • Myes, myes... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Friday July 26, 2013 @12:15PM (#44391749)

    . The San Francisco Medical Examiner's office told to Reuters that Jack had died in San Francisco on Thursday, but did not provide additional details."

    Well, that is the official version of events, yes. -- NSA

  • by auric_dude (610172) on Friday July 26, 2013 @12:34PM (#44391959)
    A 50% chance of passing away prior to the start of the gathering and a 50% chance of passing away after the start of the gathering.
  • Re:Myes, myes... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ilsaloving (1534307) on Friday July 26, 2013 @12:39PM (#44392021)

    Why is the parent marked troll? A young guy dies days before he was going to give a lecture during a security conference, and they won't say how he died?

    How does that *not* sound suspicious?

  • Re:Myes, myes... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ebno-10db (1459097) on Friday July 26, 2013 @01:22PM (#44392457)

    It doesn't sound suspicious at all

    I disagree. The guy was 34-35. Presumably he didn't get hit by a truck or shot in the head, as you don't need an ME to figure out the basic cause. Do people that age just drop dead? Sure, sometimes, especially if they have known serious health problems. Even if they don't, it can happen (e.g. major aneurysm due to congenital weakness in an artery). It doesn't happen very often though.

    I'm no conspiracy theorist and I wouldn't go around screaming ah ha! A little suspicion though, when it happens a few days before a hacker conference, and considering other things that have been happening lately, is another story.

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