Acclaimed hacker Barnaby Jack dead ahead of anticipated Black Hat chat

By on July 26, 2013, 6:01 PM
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Conspiracy theorists, gather ‘round. Renowned hacker Barnaby Jack has died at the age of 35 just days before he was scheduled to host a highly anticipated talk at this year’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. A report from the local medical examiner’s office confirmed the death took place in San Francisco but didn’t provide any further details.

Jack was expected to host a discussion on hacking implanted heart defibrillators and detail ways to improve their security. Last year, he successfully demonstrated it was possible to infiltrate the software used in a Medtronic insulin pump and dispense a fatal insulin dose from up to 300 feet away.

In a statement on the matter, Black Hat expressed their deepest sympathies to Jack’s family and loved ones. As for the conference, they will not be replacing Jack’s time slot as no one could replace him, nor would they want them to. Instead, the room that Jack’s discussion was to take place in will be left vacant for others in the community to commemorate his life and work.

Jack most recently served as the director of embedded security research at IOActive but was perhaps most known for his impressive hacking demonstrations. Back in 2010, Jack demonstrated how to break into an ATM machine and make it spit out cash in a hack referred to as “jackpotting.” As you can imagine, the hack gained the attention of those in the ATM industry as many issued updates to their machines soon after.




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3 people like this | NeurotechHD NeurotechHD said:

I've watched enough evening television programming to know that this is a targeted hit.

1 person liked this | dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I've watched enough evening television programming to know that this is a targeted hit.

And I've seen enough procedural TV shows, to know that the crime investigators will faff around for 47 minutes only to wrap up the case in the following five minutes using some barely believable deductive reasoning or deus ex machine.

2 people like this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The is what secret government surveillance will get you. Secretly snuffed out of existence, for what they deem a national security risk and/or treason. They will not even wait to hear your freedom of speech. This is what would have happened to Edward Snowden, if they had caught him before he fled the country.

I'll give you one guess to the party with the biggest motive and bet you they are guilty.

1 person liked this | misor misor said:

He probably had DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in his legs from sitting around his computer all day and all night. the thrombose was dislodged and travelled to his lungs, heart, and brain. if the thrombose occluded one of the blood vessels of his heart, he may had myocardial infarction leading to his death. if the thrombose travelled to his lungs, heart, then to his brain, the thrombose may had occluded one of the blood vessels of his brain causing brain infarction leading to his death.

...unless someone assassinated him in the manner of the "prison break" tv series. the assassin breaks his hand bones causing a tiny air embolism enough to cause death but virtually undetectable by autopsy or any other means... or so the tv series said...

(homer simpson: if it comes from tv, it must be real)

Camikazi said:

I've watched enough evening television programming to know that this is a targeted hit.

And I've seen enough procedural TV shows, to know that the crime investigators will faff around for 47 minutes only to wrap up the case in the following five minutes using some barely believable deductive reasoning or deus ex machine.

Sorry but it bothered me, the word is Machina, yea one letter but it bugged me to read latin latin english.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Sorry but it bothered me, the word is Machina, yea one letter but it bugged me to read latin latin english.

Sorry about that. Damn autocorrect fail.

btw, shouldn't "english" be capitalized?

...unless someone assassinated him in the manner of the "prison break" tv series. the assassin breaks his hand bones causing a tiny air embolism enough to cause death but virtually undetectable by autopsy or any other means... or so the tv series said...

(homer simpson: if it comes from tv, it must be real)

Sounds a little simple for the black budget guys. I'd be more inclined to think that the assassins used microinjections of short-lived nanites to alter cellular respiration. I hear that the NSA's budget for nanotechnology is way larger than that used for tracking (ex-)employees.

hitech0101 said:

What was he working on, What was he going to say ? If it was conspiracy some small time guy will be blamed or it will be death by natural/unnatural causes. No way the truth will come out. Even if truth comes out there will always be skeptics. Hope, closure for his loved ones.

Guest said:

There always have to be a conspiracy touch. There are only two options: yes or no.

Planned action or coincidence,

profit protection or unfortunate accident

People kill for protecting their long distance strategies, profits, plans etc...

Knowledge is power, power is dangerous.

Camikazi said:

Sorry about that. Damn autocorrect fail.

btw, shouldn't "english" be capitalized?

Yes, and so should Latin, that part slipped by me. BTW "btw" should be capitalized too :P

Guest said:

I agree with cliffordcooley, they can use the surveillance for absolutely everything.

Guest said:

"Knowledge is power, power is dangerous."

Power isn't dangerous, what is dangerous is how we, like humans, react when we have to much.

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

My wife uses a medtronic with the remote receiver option .. I was looking forward to hearing about this.. Just damn hard to think this was just a, ' oh jee what a sad coincidence ", moment.

Guest said:

My country, 'tis of thee,Sweet land of liberty,Of thee I sing;Land where my fathers died,Land of the pilgrims' pride,From ev'ry mountainsideLet freedom ring! screeeeeech!!!!!Then I woke up

1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

The is what secret government surveillance will get you. Secretly snuffed out of existence, for what they deem a national security risk and/or treason. They will not even wait to hear your freedom of speech. This is what would have happened to Edward Snowden, if they had caught him before he fled the country.

I'll give you one guess to the party with the biggest motive and bet you they are guilty.

Except that this guy was a threat to everyday people, not the govt. Wouldn't a bank or other company who he's wronged have more motive than the govt. This guy wouldn't even make the top 10,000 of criminals the govt would like to knock off.

Although, I guess when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Xtreme gamer said:

Have They found out how he died yet? If its another "prescription drug overdose" I'm suspicious.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Probably should've have watched enemy of the state before this article xD

misor misor said:

Have They found out how he died yet? If its another "prescription drug overdose" I'm suspicious.

not really... people tend to experiment with drugs sometime in their lives.

Michael Jackson and the 'Joker' Heath Ledger died because of (prescription) drug overdose.

Even former u.s. president Bush admitted of using cannabis while still young...

so anyone can become a victim of drug abuse from the lowest stratum of the society to the rich and famous.

Guest said:

Loved Enemy of the State, very good movie.

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