Acclaimed hacker Barnaby Jack dead ahead of anticipated Black Hat chat

By Shawn Knight · 18 replies
Jul 26, 2013
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  1. 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...

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  2. NeurotechHD

    NeurotechHD TS Rookie Posts: 61   +19

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

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    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.
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  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    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.
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  5. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    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)
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  6. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

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

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Sorry about that. Damn autocorrect fail.
    btw, shouldn't "english" be capitalized?
    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.;)
  8. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    Yes, and so should Latin, that part slipped by me. BTW "btw" should be capitalized too :p
  11. I agree with cliffordcooley, they can use the surveillance for absolutely everything.
  12. "Knowledge is power, power is dangerous."

    Power isn't dangerous, what is dangerous is how we, like humans, react when we have to much.
  13. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    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.
  14. 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
  15. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    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.
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  16. Xtreme gamer

    Xtreme gamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 54   +13

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

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

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

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    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.
  19. Loved Enemy of the State, very good movie.

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