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A Place to Hang Our Hats: Security Community and Culture by Domenic Rizzolo

A Place to Hang Our Hats: Security Community and Culture by Domenic Rizzolo

Contrary to popular belief and media depictions, hacking is a social endeavor. By examining the evolution of various hacking groups and collectives over the years, we can glean valuable insight into the structure of today’s hacking space and security culture. From white hat companies to prison, we look at how innovation in exploits and anonymity have reformed and regrouped the hacking clubs of yore.


Domenic Rizzolo is a Security Research Intern in the Duo Labs division of Duo Security, studying Math and Complex Systems at the University of Michigan. He’s very interested in what exploring security and hacking culture from an historical context can tell us about modern security issues. He has no hat, as he is a very recent addition to the Duo Security team and the infosec community. Generally, he is interested in analytic solutions to social science problems.

Duo Security

August 12, 2014

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