Mark Abene

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Mark Abene

Name: Mark Abene, aka Phiber Optik

Born: 1972 in New York City, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • 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."