Peiter Zatko

Programmer, Author

1970 –


Who is Peiter Zatko?

Peiter C. Zatko, better known as Mudge, was a member of the high profile hacker think tank the L0pht as well as the long-lived computer and culture hacking cooperative the Cult of the Dead Cow. In 2010 Mudge accepted a position as a program manager at DARPA where he oversaw cyber security research. Mudge now works for Google in Motorola's Advanced Technology & Projects division.

Born in December 1970, Mudge graduated from the Berklee College of Music and is an adept guitar player.

Mudge was responsible for early research into a type of security vulnerability known as the buffer overflow. In 1995 he published "How to Write Buffer Overflows", one of the first papers on the topic. He published several security advisories on vulnerabilities in Unix and was a leader in the full disclosure movement. He was the initial author of security tools L0phtCrack, AntiSniff, and l0phtwatch.

Mudge was one of the first people from the hacker community to reach out and build relationships with government and industry. In demand as a public speaker, he spoke at hacker conferences such as Defcon and academic conferences such as USENIX. Mudge has also been a member of Cult of the Dead Cow since 1996.

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Also known as
  • Mudge
  • Peiter C. Zatko
  • United States of America
  • Berklee College of Music
Lived in
  • Massachusetts

on July 23, 2013


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