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Overview (4)

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Wichita, Kansas, USA
Birth NameAdrián Alfonso Lamo Atwood
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adrian Lamo is a Boston-born threat analyst and security enthusiast. His former high-profile computer intrusions and involvement with the Wikileaks investigation have been cited in thousands of news articles, numerous television segments, several films, an opera, a theatrical play, and scores of books.

After pleading guilty to hacking The New York Times and Microsoft Lamo embarked on a career using his talents for good in critical infrastructure and national security areas.

In 2010, Lamo informed the authorities about the alleged plot of an online acquaintance to carry out the largest classified material breach in the history of U.S. espionage, by identifying accused wiki-spy Bradley Manning and triggering Manning's arrest. The material was successfully released by Wikileaks months later, but authorities had time to mitigate the damage it would go on to cause.

Lamo's opinion is often sought when events take a hacker-related turn. He was a serial guest on erstwhile TechTV's The Screen Savers (and later on The New Screen Savers), and the featured prominently in the documentary film "Hackers Wanted" narrated by Kevin Spacey . He also featured heavily in Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets" and various other documentaries. His work has been cited in scores of books and magazines, been the subject of a theatrical production and an opera, and he has consulted on various book & film productions. He has been on Good Morning America, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Univision, TechTV with Leo Laporte and Kevin Rose, The New TechTV, NHK, BBC, CBS, Fox, and other visual media. He takes a limited number of public speaking engagements.

He began writing for The American River Current, his college paper, and has also been published in Network World, Mobile Magazine, PenTest Magazine, 2600 Magazine, PandoDaily, Forbes, Newsweek, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and other publications. His writing on Quora.com often receives millions of views per month.

Critics have derided Lamo as publicity-motivated and have ascribed him a variety of ulterior motives, charges which he has consistently declined to "dignify".

Lamo has publicly stated that his criminal career is behind him, and assists ProjectVIGILANT & other entities in fighting netcentric (cyber) crime and state-sponsored hacking.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: caveat lector

Spouse (1)

Lauren Fisher (6 September 2007 - 1 February 2011) ( divorced)

Trivia (13)

Lamo was dubbed the "Homeless Hacker" by the media for his cross-country exploits. Riding Greyhound, couch-surfing, squatting, and using public Internet to compromise high-profile company networks -- and then fix their security problems for free.
He spent a week on the run from the FBI in late 2003. He surrendered to face charges of hacking into the New York Times & Microsoft after the FBI's lackluster effort to locate him failed.
In 2002, he was bumped from a segment of NBC News with Tom Brokaw. NBC had asked Lamo whether he could hack into NBC's own systems -- which, to the dismay of studio executives, in under five minutes, on the clock, on camera, he did.
In 2003, he became the first guest to be interviewed on TechTV's The Screen Savers (albeit by telephone) while on the run from the FBI.
Son of Mario Lamo and Mary Atwood.
In 2010, Lamo exposed the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history, a theft of classified data by a U.S. Army soldier passed on to Wikileaks. His testimony resulted in a 35-year sentence for for the now-former source. Lamo continues to maintain his location and personal life a secret due to threats of reprisal for his testimony.
Prevailed in a long-running court case, successfully preventing the FBI from requiring a blood sample for mandatory DNA analysis (USA v. Lamo) [July 2007]
Sacramento, CA - Former Chief Scientist at Reality Planning LLC, a threat analysis & development concern. [2009]
Litigated against mandatory DNA collection by the federal government, and worked as a Sacrament-area journalist. [July 2006]
Completed a 30-month federal probation sentence. [2006]
Lamo now works as a threat analyst in the Washington DC area, and somehow finds time to write for his continuing work in journalism.
Lamo writes prolifically on Quora answering questions on a variety of topics. His work received over 10,000,000 views in his first few months of use.
Lamo writes prolifically on Quora answering questions on a variety of topics. His work received over 20,000,000 views in his first year of use.

Personal Quotes (13)

It's less about technology for me, and more about religion.
Faith manages.
I believe in a world where all these things can happen, even if I have to do them myself.
I'm sure it would be educational. The beautiful thing about the universe is that nothing goes to waste. - On being asked if he was afraid of prison, by Wired.
The universe doesn't waste anything. Sometimes, we just don't have standing to see how events or experiences are important.
[Regarding his documentary film 'Hackers Wanted'] It's ironic that a film about overcoming barriers, about new technologies, about thinking differently, had to come to the public eye by being hacked out of the hands of people who, after making a film about the free flow of information, tried to lock away that information forever, The truth tends to itself.
I wish all those involved in the Wikileaks matter in the spirit of truth (rather than as a cheap opportunity to screw with a .gov they dislike) the very best. I hope that they'll bear in mind that truth is not some pure thing that brings light and scatters rose petals wherever it goes. It can hurt people that don't deserve to be hurt. It has thorns. Treat it gently.
I said once that lies have no rights against truth. I was wrong. In daily life, it's the truth that's disenfranchised. What fits the popular narrative, what makes an observer happy with the consistency of events, is what is believed.
At the time of our conversations, Chelsea Manning was 22 years of age - my own age when I made the choice to surrender to federal authorities ... I saw someone very familiar that day, and suddenly felt very old.
... the law recognizes that privilege is not, as I said, a suicide pact ... I'd have a much harder time saying with a straight face: 'Well, he told me about the largest classified material breach in the history of western intelligence, but I wasn't supposed to tell anyone.'
At age 13, I was violently mugged at a busy train station. There were dozens of onlookers, but none of them lent a hand ... That was a defining point in that stage of my life. After that, I could never tell myself that it was someone else's problem, or let a situation pass me by if I felt something had to be done. I knew from experience that all too often, no one else would act.
These things happen.
It's my job to play this role that I'm cast in to the very best of my ability, the same as any other actor. You can't possibly be yourself in the public eye. All the little things that make us human don't stand up under the scrutiny of the camera.

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