Lessons from a 3yr. old & Katt Williams

I told my daughter when she was only three that I try not to reward negative actions/words with attention. I firmly believe that, so usually when someone has said or written something negative about me I try to ignore it. I just don't have the time to constantly respond to people who will never see any good in me at all. Even if I save a bus full of orphans carrying a box full of squirrels that was about to crash into a ravine, I am sure there would be a way to cast me in a negative light.

Well, so be it. So instead of trying to reason and make excuses I have listed here things I have said in my own words for everyone to judge, pick a part, and cast judgement upon. Feel free to read, watch, and form your OWN opinion of me.


Videos & Interviews that I am in:

Video of me on Fox Business trying to explain the no hype version of the July 4th attack in 2009
http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/3891704/whos-hacking-america

A video for Help Net Security on How to protect your company from social engineering attacks
http://www.dissectingthehack.com/video/how-to-protect-your-company

Video of my 1st major talk in 2008 at DEFCON 17 discussing the FUD of Cyber war. (not my best in my opinion)
http://www.dissectingthehack.com/video/my-talk-from-defcon-17

Video from DEFCON 18 talking about Social Engineering
http://www.dissectingthehack.com/video/my-talk-from-defcon-18

Here is part 2 from DEFCON 19 talking about what happens after I get in.

Besides different podcast (Securabit, Security Justice, Exotic Liability, etc...) that I have been a guest on, I have also been the co-host for over a year now for Aluc.tv.

Feel free to listen to my rants, questions, and input on the show. Archive of shows listed here: http://aluc.tv/?page_id=11

Interviews discussing the topic of me:

Here is an interview about me from the Ethical Hacker Network website. 
http://www.ethicalhacker.net/content/view/336/24/


Here is an interview about me from the website of Andrew Hay.
http://www.andrewhay.ca/archives/1598


News and blog postings discussing my opinions on certain subjects:
Here is a new one that was published by McAfee summer 2011 security journal
http://www.mcafee.com/au/resources/reports/rp-security-journal-summer-2011.pdf

One of my favorite articles on fudsec.com where I talk about FUD & Hype but also responded to questions in the comments section.
http://fudsec.com/beware-of-falling-turtles-plus-other-things-t

Here I am in The Economist stating that just because an attack originated in China doesn't mean it was from the Chinese.
http://www.economist.com/node/18836210

Here I am in Wired.com discussing some of my exploits with a certain hacker tool.
http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/03/pwnie/

Here is an article in Scientific American talking about how I believe we are headed into a new cold war with China. I said this back in 2007.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=chinas-cyber-attacks-sign 

Here is an article in Forbes where I talk about the Great firewall of China.
http://www.forbes.com/2007/07/30/china-cybercrime-war-tech-cx_ag_0730internet.html

Here is an article in The USA Today where I state the problems with attribution and The "North Korean" July 4th attack.
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2009/07...

And an article covering my rebuttal of an expert witness for the RIAA (cool side note - this rebuttal is being taught in colleges and has been successfully used in other cases against the RIAA) :-)
http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8955/computer_security_expert_testifies_that_the_riaa_cant_identify_users_by_ip_address/

If you actually made it past all that WOW you have more patience and interest in me than I do thanks. ;-)

The other thing is I'm not into hiding and bashing on people and then never showing up to a conference unless they have a BOLO out on me.
I travel all over the world giving talks, but most importantly I like just hanging out with anybody who wants to. I go to conferences because when I was young I never in my wildest dreams thought I would actually travel to the places I have been.

I also LOVE not just sharing what I know, but learning from some really awesome & smart people. Guess what else -  not all of those people I have learned from were fellow speakers. There are a lot of people smarter than me who show up to these conferences, and I love talking and discussing topics with them. The last and most important thing is these conferences are where I get to see my friends and make new ones. I only get to see some of my closest friends in person at conferences at different places around the world or on skype.

So there you go. That's only a small fraction of who I am (and just like anyone else, I focused on the parts I like - but at least I'm straight about it)! This does not fully describe who I am or what I know. To do that you would have to meet me, and talk with me. Hopefully BEFORE you judge me. After doing this, guess what? You may not like me. I am not always as funny as I think I am. I can be annoying when just trying to do or say something I think is hilarious in my head. I am not a major expert in a field so I can't go into deep discussions with you on the really cool leet hacking methods. Though I think I can hold my own in a few areas mostly from the defenders/blue team stand point. 

Guess what else - I'm OK with that! I tried years ago when I first got into this field to try to please everyone and it just isn't going to happen. It took a lot of disappointment and feelings of being crushed to finally understand that NO MATTER what I do or say, people are not always going to like or just agree with what I say and do. 

I have to come to that realization a little late in life but the truth is summed up in the other lesson I learned which was from Katt Williams the comedian and it's simply. "Haters gonna hate!" 
NSFW at all video in his own words http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxxPLDZnqwA (I may not totally agree with the delivery but I fully support the message) ;-)

So when you meet me in person, get to know me, or avoid me - whichever - I'm OK with that. Though I will always be willing to talk and try to be friends with anybody. It is just another small part of who I am. 

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