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theflow0

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Andy Nguyen
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Andy Nguyen is an Information Security Engineer at Google focusing on Cloud Vulnerability Research. Andy has been hacking PlayStation consoles since 16 years old and has released multiple jailbreaks for the PS Vita and published multiple kernel vulnerabilities for the PS4 / FreeBSD.

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kik

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Azer Koçulu
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Azer Koçulu is an open-source developer who had been publishing and maintaining his packages on npm for other developers to use and include in their packages. Out of his ~270 packages on npm, one of them was called kik, which helped programmers set up templates for their projects.

Kik also happens to be the name of a freeware instant messaging mobile app available on both android and iOS, from the company Kik interactive based in Ontario, Canada. Kik Interactive contacted him objecting to his use of the name, for which the company claimed intellectual property rights, and asked him to change the name. When Koçulu refused, Kik Interactive contacted npm management, who agreed to transfer ownership of the module to Kik without Koçulu's consent. Koçulu then unpublished all of his modules from npm, including a popular eleven-line code module called "left-pad" upon which many JavaScript projects depended. Although Koçulu subsequently published left-pad on GitHub, its sudden removal from npm caused many projects (including Kik itself) to stop working, due to their dependency on the Node and Babel packages.

In view of widespread software disruption, npm restored Koçulu's left-pad and made Cameron Westland of Autodesk its maintainer. The incident sparked controversies over the assertion of intellectual property rights and the use of dependencies in software development.

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Chompie

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Valentina Palmiotti
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Valentina Palmiotti aka Chompie is a security researcher who focuses on low level vulnerabilities, exploit development and offensive security. In 2021, she disclosed a Linux Kernel vulnerability found in the io_uring subsystem.

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Brute Logic

IRL Name: 
Rodolfo Assis
Biography: 

Rodolfo Assis aka Brute Logic is a Brazilian hacker who is best known for providing some content in Twitter about XSS and several hacking topics. Brute helped to fix more than 1000 XSS vulnerabilities in web applications worldwide via Open Bug Bounty platform (former XSSposed).

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Igor Klopov

IRL Name: 
Igor Klopov
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Igor Klopov is a former blackhat turned whitehat. He made a name for himself in the world of computer crimes when he was just 24-years-old. The New York Times reports that Mr. Klopov, while living in Moscow, was able to successfully use the Internet to obtain more than $1.5 million in funds from the financial accounts of individuals on the Forbes 400 list. Klopov was charged by New York State in 2007 and sentenced to 3.5 to 10.5 years in prison.

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Nikolai Durov

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Nikolai Durov
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Nikolai Durov is a Russian programmer and mathematician. He is the elder brother of Pavel Durov, with whom he founded the social networking site VK and later Telegram.

Durov introduced commutative algebraic monads as a generalization of local objects in a generalized algebraic geometry. Versions of a tropical geometry, of an absolute geometry over a field with one element and an algebraic analogue of Arakelov geometry were realized in this setup.

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Natasha Grigori

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Grigori started her career as a hacker in the 1980s but she did not receive fame until the early 1990s with a bulletin-board website for amateur programmers and hackers. With this site, she helped others share, release, and hack various forms of software.

In the late 1990s, she founded antichildporn.org, also known as ACPO and Anti-Child Porn Organization and started working against child-pornography. This website has become one of the biggest campaigners against online child pornography and countless hackers utilize techniques learned from Grigori to help law enforcement agencies find and prosecute distributors.

Unfortunately, Grigori died of severe illness in November 2005, but ACPO has been left behind as a viable and effective organization that continues to operate today.

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fumik0, fumko, Fumi

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fumik0 / fumko is a reverse engineer or malware analyst responsible for the Haruko Malware Tracker. He is into analyzing and understanding malware with a bunch of chiptunes tracks & demo videos and then publishes some of his analysis in his blog at https://fumik0.com/.

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Peter Norton

IRL Name: 
Peter Norton
Biography: 

Peter Norton (born November 14, 1943) is an American programmer, software publisher, author, and philanthropist. He is best known for the computer programs and books that bear his name and portrait. Norton sold his PC software business to Symantec Corporation in 1990. His earliest low-level system utilities were designed to allow mainframe programmers access to a block of RAM that IBM normally reserved for diagnostics. This foreshadowed his personal computer work, where he became known as a knowledgeable author of low-level system utilities and reference books.

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Alexis Lingad

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Alexis Lingad
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Alexis Lingad aka "Batman of the Philippines" is a cyber security influencer and infosec charlatan from the Philippines. He is the founder of Cryptors and claims he have left the company already. He was the champion of the 2015 and 2017 Philippine Hacker Games at What The Hack which is organized by Global Knowledge Philippines but really this is not something to brag about because What The Hack sucks and is an infamous infosec con in the Philippines.

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