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Help Net Security: Interview with Brian Hatch, author of "Hacking Exposed Linux"

Jul 02, 2003, 07:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mirko Zorz)

[ Thanks to LogError for this link. ]

"How did you get interested in computer security?

"I don't ever remember getting interested in it--it seemed to be one of my innate desires for as long as I can remember. I guess I was always paranoid and mistrusting.

"Back when I had my first Apple ][ machine, you'd need to boot off the floppy drive or tape. The computer would run the program called 'hello' on the floppy if it was available. Well, I sure didn't want anyone looking at my files and programs, so my hello program was this paranoid thing that required two correct passwords (each more than 10 characters long) to get in or it would reboot the machine. If you correctly authenticated, the thing had a fully functional text file management/program execution environment..."

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