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"Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention"

Not that I'm foily, but I'd sure like to know what contracts Jack was working on when he died:

Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who forced bank ATMs to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices, died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to make a high-profile presentation at a hacking conference.

The New Zealand-born Jack, 35, was found dead on Thursday evening by "a loved one" at an apartment in San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood, according to a police spokesman. He would not say what caused Jack's death but said police had ruled out foul play.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office said it was conducting an autopsy, although it could be a month before the cause of death is determined.

Jack was one of the world's most prominent "white hat" hackers - those who use their technical skills to find security holes before criminals can exploit them.

His genius was finding bugs in the tiny computers embedded in equipment, such as medical devices and cash machines. He often received standing ovations at conferences for his creativity and showmanship while his research forced equipment makers to fix bugs in their software.

Also cars. Like, for example, Michael Hastings' car.


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Submitted by LD on

Um, sh*t. Another one. 35! Being foily myself, and not a solipsist, LA is just a quick 1 hour flight, 8 hour car ride to SF. Of course, no one is counting the money anyway, so a gaggle of plants in every major city wouldn't be "untenable."

Submitted by lambert on

But my thought was more that Barnaby was close to a piece of the story, because that's the world he lives in, rather than involved in the event (as for example coding any part of it).