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Peiter Zatko, better known as Mudge, is a computer and network security expert, open source programmer, writer, and a hacker. He ran one of the most famous hacker think tanks, the l0pht, and famously testified to the US Senate about catastrophic vulnerabilities within critical infrastructure in 1998.

He has contributed significantly to disclosure and education on information and security vulnerabilities. In addition to pioneering buffer overflow work, the security work he released contained early examples of flaws in the following areas: code injection, race condition, side-channel attack, exploitation of embedded systems, and cryptanalysis of commercial systems. He was the original author of the password cracking software L0phtCrack.

In 2010, he accepted a position as a program manager at DARPA where he oversaw cyber security R&D, and re-built the Agency’s approach to cyber security research. In 2013 Mudge went to work for Google and was Deputy Director of their Advanced Technology & Projects division.

He is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award medal, an honorary Plank Owner of the US Navy Destroyer DDG-85, and was inducted into the Order of Thor, the US Army’s Association of Cyber Military Professionals.