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Adam Laurie, a.k.a. “Major Malfunction,” is X-Force Red's Global Lead Hardware Hacker. Adam has nearly five decades of information technology and security experience. He launched two companies, one in which he co-published Apache SSL, the first secure open-source web server, and gained 70% of the world's market share. He also launched the biggest data conversion company in Europe. 


In addition to hardware hacking, Adam specializes in systems integration, software design, and development, programming, and technology implementation. He pioneered the concept of re-using military data centers housed in underground nuclear bunkers as secure hosting facilities. Adam also built music transmission sites and the world's first CD ripper "CDGRAB.” 
Adam can test just about any hardware or software. He has found vulnerabilities in processors, embedded systems, smart meters, and other critical infrastructure, on-premise detection systems, building access controls, and cryptographic key stores, to name a few. 


Adam has been a senior member of the DEF CON staff since 1997 and is the point-of-contact for the London DEF CON chapter DC4420. Adam has given presentations on forensics, magnetic stripe, EMV, InfraRed, RF, RFID, terrestrial and satellite TV hacking, and, of course, Magic Moonbeams. Adam has been hacking since he was 16 years old.

Speaker sessions

28-Nov-2021 17:45 – 18:00

An Attack Against Time