34 Facts About Adrian Lamo


Adrian Alfonso Lamo Atwood was an American threat analyst and hacker.

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Adrian Lamo attended high schools in Bogota and San Francisco, from which he did not graduate, but received a GED and was court-ordered to take courses at American River College, a community college in Sacramento County, California.

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Adrian Lamo began his hacking efforts by hacking games on the Commodore 64 and through phone phreaking.

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Adrian Lamo first became known for operating AOL watchdog site Inside-AOL.

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Adrian Lamo was a grey hat hacker who viewed the rise of the World Wide Web with a mixture of excitement and alarm.

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Adrian Lamo felt that others failed to see the importance of internet security in the early days of the World Wide Web.

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Adrian Lamo hoped to be hired by a corporation to attempt to break into systems and test their security, a practice that came to be known as red teaming.

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In December 2001, Adrian Lamo was praised by Worldcom for helping to fortify their corporate security.

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The New York Times filed a complaint, and a warrant for Adrian Lamo's arrest was issued in August 2003 following a 15-month investigation by federal prosecutors in New York.

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Adrian Lamo re-surrendered to the FBI in New York City on September 11, and pleaded guilty to one felony count of computer crimes against Microsoft, LexisNexis, and The New York Times on January 8, 2004.

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In July 2004, Adrian Lamo was sentenced to two years' probation, with six months to be served in home detention, and ordered to pay $65, 000 in restitution.

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At his sentencing, Adrian Lamo expressed remorse for harm he had caused by his intrusions.

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Adrian Lamo subsequently declared on the question-and-answer site Quora that: "We all own our actions in fullness, not just the pleasant aspects of them.

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On May 9, 2006, while 18 months into a two-year probation sentence, Adrian Lamo refused to give the United States government a blood sample, which they had demanded to record his DNA in their CODIS system.

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On June 15, 2007, lawyers for Adrian Lamo filed a motion citing the Book of Genesis as one basis for Adrian Lamo's religious opposition to the giving of blood.

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On June 20, 2007, Lamo's legal counsel reached a settlement agreement with the U S Department of Justice whereby Lamo would submit a cheek swab in place of the blood sample.

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Adrian Lamo commented on his Twitter page, "Thanks WikiLeaks, for leaking your donor list.

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In May 2010, Lamo informed U S Army authorities that Chelsea Manning had claimed to have leaked a large body of classified documents, including 260, 000 classified United States diplomatic cables.

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Adrian Lamo stated that Manning "took credit for leaking" the video footage of the July 12, 2007, Baghdad airstrike, which has since come to be known as the "Collateral Murder" video.

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Adrian Lamo stated that he would not have turned Manning in "if lives weren't in danger".

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Adrian Lamo characterized her as "in a war zone and basically trying to vacuum up as much classified information as [she] could, and just throwing it up into the air.

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Adrian Lamo was a volunteer "adversary characterization" analyst for Project Vigilant, a Florida-based government contractor, which encouraged him to inform the government about the alleged WikiLeaks source.

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Adrian Lamo sees all kinds of hacks, and he was seriously worried about people dying.

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Adrian Lamo characterized his decision to work with the government as morally ambiguous, but objectively necessary, writing that "there were no right choices that day, only less wrong ones.

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Adrian Lamo was a guest on The Screen Savers five times beginning in 2002.

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Adrian Lamo was interviewed for the documentaries We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and True Stories: WikiLeaks – Secrets and Lies.

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Adrian Lamo reconnected with Leo Laporte in 2015 as a result of a Quora article on the "dark web" for an episode of The New Screen Savers.

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Adrian Lamo was known as the "Homeless Hacker" for his reportedly transient lifestyle, claiming that he spent much of his travels couch-surfing, squatting in abandoned buildings, and traveling to Internet cafes, libraries, and universities to investigate networks, sometimes exploiting security holes.

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Adrian Lamo was bisexual and volunteered for the gay and lesbian media firm PlanetOut Inc in the mid-1990s.

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In 1998, Adrian Lamo was appointed to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth Task Force by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

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Adrian Lamo used a wide variety of supplements and drugs throughout his life.

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Adrian Lamo said in a Wired article that, in May 2010, after he reported the theft of his backpack, an investigating officer noted unusual behavior and placed him under a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold, which was extended to a nine-day hold.

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Adrian Lamo said he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the psychiatric ward.

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Adrian Lamo died on March 14, 2018, in Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 37.

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