Peiter "Mudge" Zatko
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office
Mudge joined DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) with the mission of changing how the government approaches cyber programs, and to act as an ambassador to hacker-spaces, maker-labs, and other non-standard pools of talent. Peiter "Mudge" Zatko is perhaps best known as the hacker who told the U.S. Senate that he could take down the Internet in 30 minutes (BGP). He has testified to the United States Senate Committee on Government Affairs as a subject-matter expert in regard to the security of government systems, and to the House and Senate Joint Judiciary Oversight Committee as a subject-matter expert on cyber crime.
Prior to taking a public service position as a Program Manager at DARPA, he worked for BBN Technologies as a Technical Director for their National Intelligence Research and Applications division.
Mudge has published in various refereed journals (such as ACM, CORE/CQRE, USENIX Security journal, etc.). He has taught offensive cyber warfare techniques and tactics courses at various Department of Defense entities and was recently a visiting Scientist at Carnegie Melon University.
As the leader of the hacker think tank known as "The L0pht," Mudge is the inventor of L0phtCrack, an industry-standard Microsoft password auditing tool, and several other well received software security solutions.
Mudge was recognized by the National Security Council, Executive Office of the President, as a vital contributor to the success of the President's Scholarship for Service Program. He was also recognized as contributing to the Central Intelligence Agency's critical national security mission and is an honorary plank owner of the USS McCampbell (DDG-85).
His goal remains constant: "Make a dent in the universe."