• Nov 8, 1967
    (b.) - ?

Bio/Description

An American Computer Programmer and Scientist, he is an expert in systems and networking security, credited with bringing to light vulnerabilities in Premier Election Solutions' (formerly Diebold Election Systems) Accuvote electronic voting machines. In 2006 he published the book, “Brave New Ballot” on his experiences since this event. His team analyzed the US government's planned Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (SERVE) system, intended to allow military and overseas civilians to vote via the internet in elections, but so many fatal security flaws were found that the system was never implemented. He has scrutinized the weaknesses in various wireless computer networks, and holds eight patents for computer security-related inventions. He also received some attention for cracking the new Apple iPhone within days of its introduction. Born in Manhattan, KS, he received his B.S. degree in Computer Science (Honors) in 1989; his M.S.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 1991; and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering in 1994; all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1989 he worked as a Computer Programmer for IBM and from 1994-1996 he worked in Cryptography and Network Security Research at Telcordia Technologies. From 1997-2002 he was a Principal Researcher at AT&T Labs. In addition, in 2005 he was co-founder and President of Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), an independent security firm in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to aggressive defense strategies through advanced science. In 2002, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the USENIX Association for a two-year term. USENIX is the Advanced Computing Systems Association, founded in 1975 under the name "Unix Users Group", focusing primarily on the study and development of Unix and similar systems. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, and Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins. He is Director of ACCURATE, (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections) established in 2005 by a group of computer scientists, psychologists and policy experts to address problems with electronic voting. The NSF-funded organization seeks to provide fundamental research and reference materials about electronic voting for use by policy makers, vendors, the elections community and the general public. He is the recipient of the 2004 EFF Pioneer Award for "significant contributions to the empowerment of individuals in using computers." In addition to his 2006 book, he is the author or co-author of: with Dan Geer and Marcus Ranum, “Web Security Sourcebook” (1997); “White-Hat Security Arsenal” (2001); and with Bill Cheswick and Steve Bellovin, “Firewalls and Internet Security” (2003). Away from his professional pursuits, he is also a self-professed "poker fanatic" and has competed against professional players on the popular Poker Night in America TV show.
  • Date of Birth:

    Nov 8, 1967
  • Noted For:

    Leader of the research team that successfully cracked the security code of Texas Instruments' RFID chip
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