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Hacker celeb 'Mudge' joins Google after DARPA
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 01:09:42 -0500 (CDT)


By Seth Rosenblatt
Security & Privacy
April 15, 2013

Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, who was hired three years ago to be a project manager at the U.S. Department of Defense's research and development division known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has announced via Twitter that he's returning to the private sector with Google.

In his new role at Google, The Security Ledger reports, Zatko will be working in an unspecified role with Motorola Mobility's Advanced Technology and Projects division, reporting to Regina Dugan. Dugan is also new to Google, hired last month away from her position as director of DARPA.

It's no surprise that Zatko followed Dugan to Google. When he was first hired by Dugan at DARPA, he told CNET that he was impressed with Dugan's leadership. "Now they are running more programs out of DARPA that are not classified beyond what they need to be, so it will enable more people to have visibility into them," he said in 2010, praising her "entrepreneurial" focus.

Zatko has a long history of innovating in the computer security world. As a teenager in the 1980s, he was involved in various hacking endeavors, and wound up running the L0pht hacker space in the 1990s. As a leader then in the movement to get companies to fully reveal their security vulnerabilities publicly, "he invented anti-sniffing technology that became the first remote promiscuous system detector used by the Defense Department," CNET's Elinor Mills reported when Zatko joined DARPA.


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