David Litchfield

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
David Litchfield

Name: David Litchfield

Born: 1975

Computer-related contributions

  • British computer security expert and database authority.
  • Developing an open source tool called the Forensic Examiner's Database Scalpel (F.E.D.S).
  • Founded Cerberus Information Security (acquired by @stake in July 2000).

Significant publications

  • The Oracle Hacker's Handbook: Hacking and Defending Oracle (2008).
  • The Database Hacker's Handbook: Defending Database Servers (2005).
  • The Shellcoder's Handbook: Discovering and Exploiting Security Holes (2004).
  • Zero-Day Exploit:: Countdown to Darkness (2004).
  • SQL Server Security (2003).

Honors and awards

  • Named "Entrepreneur of the Year" at the South London Business Awards (2008).
  • Voted "The World's Best Bug Hunter" by Information Security Magazine (2003).


"Someone can come in off the Internet over the Web without a user ID or password and interact with the back-end database server, so it goes through all the firewalls. This is critical."