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[liberationtech] Fwd: Kingpin book talk invite

Joshua Cohen jcohen57 at
Thu Feb 24 22:45:50 PST 2011

> How One Hacker Took Over the Billion Dollar Cyber Crime Underground
> You are cordially invited to Kevin Poulsen's book talk at the Stanford
> Law School on Monday, March 7 at 6pm.
> Professor Jonathan Zittrain describes his book as "a vivid portrait of
> the major players in the latest wave of computer crime. Building on
> the best of the police procedural tradition, Kevin Poulsen lays out in
> clear language the technologies and methods employed by the criminals
> and crime fighters alike, all the while crafting a sympathetic
> character study of the conflicted gray hat, Max Vision, at the heart
> of it all."
> Former hacker Kevin Poulsen has, over the past decade, built a
> reputation as one of the top investigative reporters on the cybercrime
> beat. In Kingpin, he pours his unmatched access and expertise into
> book form for the first time, delivering a gripping cat-and-mouse
> narrative—and an unprecedented view into the twenty-first century's
> signature form of organized crime.
> More information on the book is available at
> When: Monday March 7, 2011
> 6pm Reception | 7pm Book Talk
> Where: Stanford Law School, Room 290, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305
> Google Map:
> Parking & Driving Directions:
> RSVP is required for this free event.
> Everyone is invited.
> More Info about the Event:
> About Kevin Poulsen:
> Kevin Poulsen is a former computer hacker, whose best known hack
> involved penetrating telephone company computers in the early 1990s to
> win radio station phone-in contests. By taking over all the phone
> lines leading to Los Angeles radio stations, he was able to guarantee
> that he would be the proper-numbered caller to win, for example,
> $20,000 in cash, and a Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet. When the FBI started
> pursuing Poulsen, he went underground as a fugitive. He was feature on
> NBC's Unsolved Mysteries, and was finally arrested in April 1991 after
> 18 months on the run. He pleaded guilty to computer fraud and served a
> little over 5 years in prison. At the time, it was the longest U.S.
> sentence ever given for hacking.
> Following his release from prison Poulsen was briefly barred from
> using computers. Reformed, but still possessed of the curiosity that
> contributed to his hacking when he was younger, he became a
> journalist. His first magazine feature ran in WIRED in 1998, and
> covered computer programmers who were driven to survivalist tactics by
> fear of the looming Y2K bug.
> Poulsen is the founding editor of Wired's Threat Level blog, which won
> the 2008 Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism, and the
> 2010 MIN award for best blog. In 2009 Poulsen was inducted into MIN's
> Digital Hall of Fame for online journalism, and in 2010 he was among
> those honored as a "Top Cyber Security Journalist" in a peer-voted
> award by the SANS Institute.

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