What Defines a "Black Hat" Hacker?

    Date28 Jan 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3651
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    On Saturday I received an email (posted below), as I'm sure many others did, from Robert Lyttle. Who is Robert Lyttle? I had no idea, until I read the email that reminds us that he is in fact the "Pro-Napster Hacker" known as "Pimpshiz" that defaced websites in 2000 when Napster came under fire from the RIAA and Metallica. . . . On Saturday I received an email (posted below), as I'm sure many others did, from Robert Lyttle. Who is Robert Lyttle? I had no idea, until I read the email that reminds us that he is in fact the "Pro-Napster Hacker" known as "Pimpshiz" that defaced websites in 2000 when Napster came under fire from the RIAA and Metallica. Now I remember. I shared some of his sentiments at the time, but I've never been an advocate of defacing and I felt that it only made Napster look worse to skeptics. Causing a media blitz about the "Pro-Napster Hacker" only made things worse for Napster as it associated malicious hackers with Napster. Not good. Thank you, Pimpshiz.

    To receive an email from this 18 year-old former defacer claiming that he now wants to sell his own commercial security software was more than ironic, and obviously more than I could swallow without expressing my thoughts. Let me begin by pointing out that when Lyttle began defacing sites under the nym of "Pimpshiz" he left his AOL email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on the defacements. Evidence of this can be seen at http://www.attrition.org/mirror/attrition/2000/08/09/www.insideedition.com/mirror.html. As many of you unfortunately know, you must have a valid paying account with AOL to receive an email address with them and it's not hard to guess that if the FBI asks AOL for personal information, they hand it right over. One would think that if Lyttle is as intelligent as he claims to be, he would have had the common sense not to post an AOL email address on a defacement. Lyttle did an interview (http://hwa-security.net/pimpshiz.txt) with HWA Security in 2000 in which he makes a rather large fool of himself. It's a short interview, but in essence he appears to be another publicity hungry script kiddie claiming that defacing sites, "sure as fuck was not easy rofl".

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