Infamous Internet hackers become security consultants

    Date05 Jan 2001
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3260
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Some of the Internet's most adept computer hackers are forming a multimillion-dollar security company to advise the world's largest banks and hospitals how to keep their data safe. Members of the Boston-based L0pht Heavy Industries, who once boasted to the Senate . . . Some of the Internet's most adept computer hackers are forming a multimillion-dollar security company to advise the world's largest banks and hospitals how to keep their data safe. Members of the Boston-based L0pht Heavy Industries, who once boasted to the Senate that any one of them could cripple the Internet in the United States within 30 minutes, will form a new consulting company, AtStake, with more than $10 million in funding from venture capitalists.

    The new vice president of research and development -- widely considered among the world's leading hackers -- will continue to use only his online handle, "Mudge," to identify himself.

    "The U.S. Senate referred to me as Mudge. Mom and Dad refer to me as Mudge," he told The Associated Press. "I figure, why break the streak?"

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