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    Okay, it's actually one specific person I wanted to know about.

    It's been a long, strange road, from back when I first heard about Defcon (from the computer underground digest, fittingly), and from when I first started attending. It's gone through a lot of changes, as everything must. There are people who used to be fixtures that haven't shown their faces in years, and others who've been every single year.

    Most people that don't show anymore have just gone on in life. Defcon isn't their metier any more, and they're doing other things. Sometimes they've just passed on (it happens to us all, although it's unutterably sad when it's someone young).

    The one that puzzles me is Dan Farmer. As I'd said elsewhere:

    I had been carrying on a conversation with someone about forensics, and had brought up the long-in-the-tooth Coroner's Toolkit (which Dan and Wietse had written). I noticed that there seemed to be no hits for Dan after 2007. None. Zero. Nada.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Farmer

    The information in that hasn't really changed since 2007, at which time he seems to have just disappeared. I was about to fire off an email to Wietse Venema, but then realized someone here on the forums might have recent information.

    He was such a fun and interesting guy, and it just seems odd to have nothing there, after a truly eventful early career.

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    Re: Where are they now?

    Originally posted by shrdlu View Post
    The information in that hasn't really changed since 2007, at which time he seems to have just disappeared. I was about to fire off an email to Wietse Venema, but then realized someone here on the forums might have recent information.
    Last time I remember seeing him was at the T J Watson Research Center in New York when he gave a presentation on the (then) named, "Grave-Robber's Toolkit," which was later renamed to, "the coroners toolkit," and have not seen him since then. This is when I think he was still with EarthLink, which is why they handed out nifty metal badges that read, "Earthlink Internet Detective."

    I don't remember seeing him at Defcon, but if he was there, I may have skipped his presentations for something else.

    Wasn't he also in that old video, "Unauthorized Access" ?

    Don't recall much of anything being said about him recently. I would also be interested to see if he has been working on something new, or moved on, or performed a return from main().
    Last edited by TheCotMan; September 7, 2011, 20:29.

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    • #3
      Re: Where are they now?

      http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view...93579&trk=tyah

      Seattle working for Symatec?

      Originally posted by TheCotMan View Post
      Last time I remember seeing him was at the T J Watson Research Center in New York when he gave a presentation on the (then) named, "Grave-Robber's Toolkit," which was later renamed to, "the coroners toolkit," and have not seen him since then. This is when I think he was still with EarthLink, which is why they handed out nifty metal badges that read, "Earthlink Internet Detective."

      I don't remember seeing him at Defcon, but if he was there, I may have skipped his presentations for something else.

      Wasn't he also in that old video, "Unauthorized Access" ?

      Don't recall much of anything being said about him recently. I would also be interested to see if he has been working on something new, or moved on, or performed a return from main().
      AMFYOYO

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        Re: Where are they now?

        Originally posted by Agent X View Post
        Interesting. His profile (which you have to log in to Linked In to view, in case anyone else was curious) says that he left in August. He was always a pretty private guy, but still, very visible. Perhaps he's been quieter of late. I note that his stints at SGI are not even a part of his profile (and who can blame him?).

        Still, nice to see he's around...even if less visible.

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