Name: Mark Abene, aka Phiber Optik
Born: 1972 in New York City, USA
- Information Security Expert, Programmer, Cryptographer.
- Computer phone hacker of the 1980s.
- Former member of the hacker groups Legion of Doom (LOD) and Masters of Deception (MOD).
- Spent 10 months in Federal Prison for hacking phone companies.
- Founder of founded TraceVector, an intrusion detection firm that uses supercomputing and data analytics.
- Stared as "The Inside Man" in the fiction film Urchin (2009).
Honors and awards
- Character in the non-fiction book Masters of Deception — The Gang that Ruled Cyberspace (1995).
- Appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, Esquire, in debates and on television.
"I wouldn't do this again now, but only because I was caught, I'm not telling people not to do the things I did. There's always going to be people hacking. All I'm doing is cautioning them they've got to be careful."