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

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the too-young dept.
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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  • Shitty (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Orgasmatron (8103) on Friday July 26, 2013 @11:39AM (#44392013)

    That sucks.

    He was an interesting character. He helped me sneak a girl into a hacker party at the Peppermill one year during Defcon. No one that drank with him, even once, will ever forget him.

    God had better keep an eye on him. If the pearly gates have any exploits, he'll find them.

  • by amiga3D (567632) on Friday July 26, 2013 @11:52AM (#44392163)

    Stop killing the fun. Paranoia is my favorite hobby.

  • Re:Myes, myes... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dunbal (464142) * on Friday July 26, 2013 @12:29PM (#44392551)

    Do people that age just drop dead?

    Yes they do. Not often, but it happens. I had "sudden cardiac death". I'm alive because it happened in an emergency room in front of a doctor. They called code, and brought me back. I was 30. I'm still here at 45, 5 bypasses, a defibrillator implant and 8 stents later. The odds increase if you consider this researcher was probably a nerd like most of us, meaning he was probably sedentary most of the time, and probably didn't exactly eat the best stuff for his health.

  • Re:Myes, myes... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 26, 2013 @02:32PM (#44393835)
    The question is whether or not the probability of dieing is significantly higher when you are about to appear at a hacker converence to discuss the hacking of implanted medical devices.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.