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IRL Name: 
Barnaby Michael Douglas Jack
Biography: 

Barnaby Jack was a New Zealand hacker, programmer and computer security expert. He was known for his presentation at the Black Hat computer security conference in 2010, during which he exploited (also called jackpotting) two ATMs and made them dispense fake paper currency on the stage. Among his other most notable works were the exploitation of various medical devices, including pacemakers and insulin pumps.

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Hal Finney

IRL Name: 
Hal Finney
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Hal Finney is a renowned cryptographer, noted cryptographic activist, former developer for PGP Corporation, and was the second developer hired after Phil Zimmermann. In his early career, he was credited as lead developer on several console games. He also was an early bitcoin user and received the first bitcoin transaction from bitcoin's creator Satoshi Nakamoto. He died in Phoenix August 28, 2014 and was cryopreserved by the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

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Abu Hussain al-Britani, Jihadi John, TriCk

IRL Name: 
Junaid Hussain
Biography: 

Junaid Hussain a.k.a Abu Hussain al-Britani is a British black hat hacker and terrorist hacker who supported the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Hussain, who grew up in Birmingham, was jailed in 2012 for hacking Tony Blair's accounts and posting his personal information online. Hussain left the UK around 2013 for Syria, and was at one point suspected of being the infamous executioner "Jihadi John".

As part of Isis “Cyber Caliphate”, Hussain is also believed to have aided Isis in obtaining the passwords of the US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts in January and briefly using them to send pro-Isis messages.

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Mark Ludwig

IRL Name: 
Mark Allen Ludwig
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Dr. Mark Ludwig spoke at the first two DEFCONs and is known for his virus writing philosophy.

He is the author of the books:
-The Little Black Book of Computer Viruses
-The Giant Black Book of Computer Viruses
-Computer Viruses, Artificial Life and Evolution
-The Little Black Book of Email Viruses

He also ran his own newsletter titled "Computer Virus Developments Quarterly" and at DEFCON 2 gave out a "Best Virus" award.

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Aaron Swartz

IRL Name: 
Aaron Swartz
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Aaron Swartz was an American computer programmer, writer, archivist, political organizer, and Internet activist. He was a member of the RSS-DEV Working Group that co-authored the "RSS 1.0" specification of RSS, and built the Web site framework web.py and the architecture for the Open Library. He also built Infogami, a company that merged with Reddit in its early days, through which he became an equal owner of the merged company. He also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010 he was a member of the Harvard University Center for Ethics. He cofounded the online group Demand Progress (known for its campaign against SOPA) and later worked with US and international activist groups Rootstrikers and Avaaz.

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Jean Ichbiah

IRL Name: 
Jean David Ichbiah
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Jean David Ichbiah is a French computer scientist who is known as the inventor of the Ada programming language. He had previously designed an experimental system implementation language called LIS (1972–1974), based on Pascal and Simula (in fact, he had been chairman of the Simula User's Group), and was one of the founding members of IFIP WG 2.4 on Systems Implementation Languages. He designed the keyboard layout FITALY which is specifically optimized for stylus or touch-based input, and subsequently started the Textware company, which sells text entry software for PDAs and tablet PCs, as well as text-entry software for medical transcription on PCs.

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Bill Moggridge

IRL Name: 
William Grant "Bill" Moggridge
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Bill Moggridge was born on June 25, 1943. He is a British designer, author and educator who cofounded the design company IDEO. He is considered as the man who designed the first laptop computer 'GRiD Compass' which was as encased in magnesium, and used by the U.S. military and NASA at a cost of $8,150 when it was released in 1982. He passed away at the age of 69.

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Ian Murdock

IRL Name: 
Ian Murdock
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Ian Ashley Murdock was born April 28, 1973. He is the founder of the Debian distribution in 1993, then an undergraduate at Purdue University and led the project from its inception to 1996. He is also the noted founder of Progeny Linux Systems, a commercial Linux company. He is the vice president of emerging platforms at Sun and a member of the senior leadership team of Sun’s cloud computing group working at the intersection of open source and cloud computing. He launched Project Indiana, an effort designed to lower barriers to adoption for the Solaris platform that led to the OpenSolaris distribution.

Under suspicious circumstances, Ian Murdock was found dead on December 28th, 2015, having committed suicide after two incidents involving the police.

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Gary Kildall

IRL Name: 
Gary Kildall
Biography: 

Gary Kildall is an American computer scientist and microcomputer entrepreneur who was noted for creating CP / M operating system first industry standard. He was born on May 19, 1942 in Seattle, Washington.

He died on July 8, 1994 where he fell at a Monterey, California, biker bar and hit his head.

In March 1995,he was honored by the Software Publishers Association (now the Software and Information Industry Association) for his contributions to the microcomputer industry:

-Introduction of operating systems with preemptive multitasking and windowing capabilities and menu-driven user interfaces.
-Creation of the first diskette track buffering schemes, read-ahead algorithms, file directory caches, and RAM disk emulators.
-Introduction of a binary recompiler in the 1980s.
-The first programming language and first compiler specifically for microprocessors.
-The first microprocessor disk operating system, which eventually sold a quarter of a million copies.
-The first computer interface for video disks to allow automatic nonlinear playback, presaging today's interactive multimedia.
-The file system and data structures for the first consumer CD-ROM.
-The first successful open system architecture by segregating system-specific hardware interfaces in a set of BIOS routines.

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TriCk

IRL Name: 
Junaid Hussain
Biography: 

A member of TeaMp0isoN and representing the United Kingdom. TriCk is responsible for data breaches which of T-Mobile and the United Nations were targeted. He and his team target countries such as Nigeria, Palestine, Syria and Peru. In January 2011 unauthorized status updates were posted on Mark Zuckerberg and French President Nicolas Sarkozy's accounts on facebook, The Daily Beast reported 16 year old hacker TriCk along with members of a hacking team known as "ZHC" said they had exploited a bug in the site allowing them to post updates and block newsfeeds. They joined Anonymous to launch Operation Robin Hood, intending to hack into websites to obtain credit cards and make donations to activists’ organizations around the world in an echo to the Bank Transfer Day movement. TriCk was arrested on or around April 14, 2012, Operation Retaliation was announced by TeaMp0isoN April 16, 2012.

On August 28th, 2015, it was reported that TriCk had joined ISIS as one of their most prominent hackers and had been killed by a drone strike.

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