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Cybercrime Expert, Former Computer Hacker & Author of "Kingpin"

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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 featured 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.

When Poulsen’s court supervision expired, he joined a California-based web start-up called SecurityFocus as editorial director in 2000 and began reporting security and hacking news. Poulsen repeatedly broke stories of national importance that were picked up by the mainstream press: a computer intrusion at a U.S. hospital that, for the first time, breached patient medical records; hackers “war driving” for open Wi-Fi networks; a computer virus crippling a safety system at a nuclear power plant in Ohio; a southern California hacker’s successful penetration of a Secret Service agent’s PDA, and the attendant theft of confidential agency files.

Poulsen left SecurityFocus in 2005 and joined WIRED. In a computer-assisted reporting effort in 2006, Poulsen wrote software that scoured MySpace for registered sex offenders, identifying hundreds. The story resulted in the arrest of an active pedophile, led to significant policy changes at MySpace and spawned federal legislation. In 2007, Poulsen’s reporting revealed that the FBI had been using a custom spyware program, called a CIPAV, to infect the computers of criminal suspects. In June 2010, Poulsen and a co-writer broke the news that the government had secretly arrested a young Army intelligence analyst in Iraq on suspicion of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.

Poulsen is a contributing editor at WIRED magazine and was 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. Poulsen worked with the late Aaron Swartz to design and develop SecureDrop, an open-source software platform for secure communication between journalists and sources, now used at over a dozen news organizations including the New Yorker and the Washington Post. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

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Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground

Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground

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  • Kingpin: Privacy, Crime and Security Online

    If anyone knows the inner workings of internet security systems, it is Kevin Poulsen. This former hacker and cybercrime expert is now a respected journalist working as the senior editor at Wired.com. Audiences will learn from his first-hand experience what cybercriminals will do to steal your privacy and corrupt your online security. Poulsen outlines the various security vulnerabilities that could exist in your company, and what you need to do to improve your IT systems.

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Kevin Poulsen

Cybercrime Expert, Former Computer Hacker & Author of "Kingpin"

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Kevin Poulsen Biography

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 featured 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.

When Poulsen’s court supervision expired, he joined a California-based web start-up called SecurityFocus as editorial director in 2000 and began reporting security and hacking news. Poulsen repeatedly broke stories of national importance that were picked up by the mainstream press: a computer intrusion at a U.S. hospital that, for the first time, breached patient medical records; hackers “war driving” for open Wi-Fi networks; a computer virus crippling a safety system at a nuclear power plant in Ohio; a southern California hacker’s successful penetration of a Secret Service agent’s PDA, and the attendant theft of confidential agency files.

Poulsen left SecurityFocus in 2005 and joined WIRED. In a computer-assisted reporting effort in 2006, Poulsen wrote software that scoured MySpace for registered sex offenders, identifying hundreds. The story resulted in the arrest of an active pedophile, led to significant policy changes at MySpace and spawned federal legislation. In 2007, Poulsen’s reporting revealed that the FBI had been using a custom spyware program, called a CIPAV, to infect the computers of criminal suspects. In June 2010, Poulsen and a co-writer broke the news that the government had secretly arrested a young Army intelligence analyst in Iraq on suspicion of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.

Poulsen is a contributing editor at WIRED magazine and was 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. Poulsen worked with the late Aaron Swartz to design and develop SecureDrop, an open-source software platform for secure communication between journalists and sources, now used at over a dozen news organizations including the New Yorker and the Washington Post. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

Kevin Poulsen Videos

  • DEFCON 20: Kevin Poulsen Answers Your Questions
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  • RSA Conference 2011 - From White Hat to Black - The Curious ...
  • (Full Version) Kevin Poulsen - Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Kevin Poulsen Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Kevin Poulsen

Kevin Poulsen Speaking Topics

  • Kingpin: Privacy, Crime and Security Online

    If anyone knows the inner workings of internet security systems, it is Kevin Poulsen. This former hacker and cybercrime expert is now a respected journalist working as the senior editor at Wired.com. Audiences will learn from his first-hand experience what cybercriminals will do to steal your privacy and corrupt your online security. Poulsen outlines the various security vulnerabilities that could exist in your company, and what you need to do to improve your IT systems.

FAQs on booking Kevin Poulsen

  • How to book Kevin Poulsen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kevin Poulsen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Kevin Poulsen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kevin Poulsen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kevin Poulsen?

    Booking fees for Kevin Poulsen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kevin Poulsen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kevin Poulsen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kevin Poulsen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kevin Poulsen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kevin Poulsen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kevin Poulsen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kevin Poulsen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kevin Poulsen for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Kevin Poulsen generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rod Beckstrom, Pablos Holman, Keren Elazari, Brian Krebs and Parisa Tabriz. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kevin Poulsen for an upcoming event.

Kevin Poulsen Speaker Videos

  • DEFCON 20: Kevin Poulsen Answers Your Questions
    .
    RSA Conference 2011 - From White Hat to Black - The Curious ...
  • (Full Version) Kevin Poulsen - Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Kevin Poulsen Speaking Topics

  • Kingpin: Privacy, Crime and Security Online

    If anyone knows the inner workings of internet security systems, it is Kevin Poulsen. This former hacker and cybercrime expert is now a respected journalist working as the senior editor at Wired.com. Audiences will learn from his first-hand experience what cybercriminals will do to steal your privacy and corrupt your online security. Poulsen outlines the various security vulnerabilities that could exist in your company, and what you need to do to improve your IT systems.

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