Hacker Key to Firm's Future

    Date29 Apr 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3025
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    By his own account, Marc Maiffret had been up to no good. In and out of several computer hacker groups, the high school dropout realized his life had to change one morning shortly after he turned 17 when he was awakened by an FBI agent holding a gun to his head.. . . By his own account, Marc Maiffret had been up to no good. In and out of several computer hacker groups, the high school dropout realized his life had to change one morning shortly after he turned 17 when he was awakened by an FBI agent holding a gun to his head.

    Today, at 21, Maiffret consults on computer matters with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal agencies and earns a six-figure salary at a privately held Aliso Viejo company he co-founded, EEye Digital Security Inc.

    "I never thought I would have been where I am today. It's such an amazing feeling," Maiffret (pronounced MAY-fray) said. "It's been like a crazy, crazy, crazy journey." Although many hackers have turned up as security consultants, few have helped put a new company on track for success. EEye has garnered accolades both for its knack for finding major flaws in popular software programs and for the cutting-edge products it develops to help halt hacker attacks.

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