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Samy Kamkar
Samy Kamkar

Samy Kamkar

Hollywood, CA USA

"In technology, if you can show the output, no one is going to question anything else."

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Samy's work combines: Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Working Independently

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Day In The Life

Hacker / Security Research

I create original research, tools and videos around hacking, technology and security.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    When he was a child, his mom bought him a home computer, and he started hanging out in chat rooms.

  • 2.

    One day, someone in a chatroom made his computer crash; after he was done freaking out, he thought, “That was so cool!” and became obsessed with hacking.

  • 3.

    When he was 15, he dropped out of high school and his mom made him get a job; he started writing and selling software from home.

  • 4.

    When that job no longer interested him, he left to co-found his own company, Fonality—he was 17 years old.

  • 5.

    Two years later, he wrote the infamous “Samy worm”; the worm spread to over one million Myspace users in 20 hours, making it the fastest-spreading virus of all time.

  • 6.

    The Secret Service raided his home and confiscated his electronics; a court banned him from technology for three years.

  • 7.

    Says he never wanted to be malicious about hacking; he was more interested in finding and using computer vulnerabilities in new ways.

  • 8.

    He now alerts companies to any vulnerabilities that he finds in their products so that they can fix them and improve consumer safety.