Bernd Fix

IRL Name: 
Bernd Fix

Bernd Fix (born 19 March 1962 in Wittingen, Lower Saxony) is a German hacker and computer security expert.

In 1986 Fix joined the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in Hamburg and started to work on computer security issues, focussing on computer virus research.

From 1987 to 1989 Fix was one of the spokespersons for the Chaos Computer Club and author for the "Hacker Bible 2".

After the death of his friend Wau Holland (co-founder of the Chaos Computer Club) in 2001 Fix helped to establish the Wau Holland Foundation and serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors ever since.

According to Fix, when the Wau Holland Foundation started official operations in 2003, he and other founding members were in contact with Julian Assange and in 2009 they decided to support WikiLeaks. According to an interview from 2011, he got fired from his job at SIX Financial Information because of the foundation's support for WikiLeaks.

In July 2016, on the same day "Guccifer 2.0" sent Assange an encrypted 1 GB file containing stolen DNC emails, German hackers Andrew Müller-Maguhn and Bernd Fix met with Assange for at least four hours. Müller-Maguhn, the Wau Holland Foundation Vice President, is named in the Mueller report as a possible conduit for delivering hacked emails to Assange.According to The Washington Post, a former WikiLeaks associate said that year Müller-Maguhn and a colleague oversaw submissions to WikiLeaks server that year, which Müller-Maguhn denied. According to court documents, Müller-Maguhn and Bernd Fix were identified as priority targets of UC Global's spying.


One of the earliest documented "in the wild" virus removals (1987) was performed by German Bernd Fix when he neutralized the infamous Vienna virus – an early example of malware that spread and corrupted files.

Fix is also the author of several research viruses; among them the VP370 virus for IBM mainframe computers.