I’ve been involved in the system engineering/network security arena for about 20 years now and I wear many hats. My day to day operations include engineering of windows, networking, troubleshooting, network diagnostics, packet analyzing, penetration testing, and pretty much anything else that gets thrown my way from “WEBSITE DOWN” to oh we need to change Group Policy.
My passion has been, and continues to be, computers. I got my start on IRC in the early 90′s, which at that time was a lot like the wild west. If you didn’t know what you were doing and how to protect yourself, as well as attack back, you weren’t going to be on IRC for long. I was immediately intrigued by how easy it was to use simple packets to knock people off IRC. Not to mention all the fun to be had with clones, spoofing, and general IRC abuse. I began researching and writing code. I was really disappointed when the scene changed from, “I’m going to knock you off line” to “I’m going to take down your internet provider, and your providers provider”. This, to me, was not elite. Anyone can knock someone out with a club… but it takes special knowledge to down an opponent with just your pinky.
If you’ve made it this far, I’m impressed.. I would have probably moved on by now.
Anyway, all that being said, I’ve been a blackhat; I’ve been a whitehat, Engineer, and end user.