Hacking The Planet

This image was originally for my DEFCON 13 opening but I had a funny experience on my flight to DEFCON so I used it instead. I discovered hacking in 1988 as an electronic technician at Teradyne in Agoura Hills, CA. Their internal network had dozens of Microvax II systems around

This image was originally for my DEFCON 13 opening but I had a funny experience on my flight to DEFCON so I used it instead.

I discovered hacking in 1988 as an electronic technician at Teradyne in Agoura Hills, CA. Their internal network had dozens of Microvax II systems around the planet I could hack. Eventually I realized I could probably hack into Boston from Agoura Hills, then from Boston into Berlin, Berlin into Tokyo, Tokyo back into Agoura Hills and remotely run the Microvax system next to me.

So I did it.

It was an awesome adrenaline rush.

The delay time was several seconds but I was running a hack around the entire PLANET!!! Around the circumference of the earth... 25,000 miles!!

Six years later I'm in a theater watching the Hackers movie and the "Hack The Planet" scene comes on. I'd mentioned my hack to co-workers and local hackers and it's this amazing coincidence that my own phrase made it into a movie.

Years later, I did some research and it turns out that:

a) Rafael Moreu wrote the screenplay in the Los Angeles area during the early 90s.

b) the anti-hero, Zero Cool, is a composite of local hackers interviewed by Moreu.

I'm hacking the planet in 1988, the same year Zero Cool crashes Wall Street. He's eleven years old at the time but...

he might really have been the same age as me.

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