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Stanford Center for Internet and Society
March 7, 2021 – Stanford Law School

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Kevin Poulsen will talks about his widely praised book, Kingpin.

Professor Jonathan Zittrain describes his book as “a vivid portrait of the major players in the latest wave of computer crime. Building on the best of the police procedural tradition, Kevin Poulsen lays out in clear language the technologies and methods employed by the criminals and crime fighters alike, all the while crafting a sympathetic character study of the conflicted gray hat, Max Vision, at the heart of it all.”

Former hacker Kevin Poulsen has, over the past decade, built a reputation as one of the top investigative reporters on the cybercrime beat. In Kingpin, he pours his unmatched access and expertise into book form for the first time, delivering a gripping cat-and-mouse narrative—and an unprecedented view into the twenty-first century’s signature form of organized crime.

More information on the book is available at

About Kevin

Kevin Poulsen is a former computer hacker, whose best known hack involved penetrating telephone company computers in the early 1990s to win radio station phone-in contests. By taking over all the phone lines leading to Los Angeles radio stations, he was able to guarantee that he would be the proper-numbered caller to win, for example, $20,000 in cash, and a Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet.

When the FBI started pursuing Poulsen, he went underground as a fugitive. He was featured on NBC’s Unsolved Mysteries, and was finally arrested in April 1991 after 18 months on the run. He pleaded guilty to computer fraud and served a little over 5 years in prison. At the time, it was the longest U.S. sentence ever given for hacking.

Following his release from prison Poulsen was briefly barred from using computers. Reformed, but still possessed of the curiosity that contributed to his hacking when he was younger, he became a journalist. His first magazine feature ran in WIRED in 1998, and covered computer programmers who were driven to survivalist tactics by fear of the looming Y2K bug.

Poulsen is the founding editor of Wired’s Threat Level blog, which won the 2008 Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism, and the 2021 MIN award for best blog. In 2009 Poulsen was inducted into MIN’s Digital Hall of Fame for online journalism, and in 2021 he was among those honored as a “Top Cyber Security Journalist” in a peer-voted award by the SANS Institute. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

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A Discord themed Otome Game

VA

Nightowl (NO): Are you blushing yet?
Nakedtoaster (NT): Have you made your account?
Quest (Q): It’s about to get reeaal dangerous… kitten

Are you feeling up
are you getting down
Stay up with me for another round
Q and
I hope these late nights excite you
Know me as much as you’d like to

Are you lockin’ up
I got the key
I can’t believe she’s alone with me (what an angel)
NO and
Hope your icon is online
Know that I want you to be mine

I feel the awkwardness
The blood rush from my chest
Raiding the best part of all I can offer to you

It’s Blooming Panic

You got me checkin my vibes

Click romantic
NT
Help us hit our stride

Verse

DPS is a stress test for reflex
And I gotta know what you’re doing next
Check my DM‘s to the AM like I’m on a world first raid with nightowl and quest

I don’t play though

I know I need your advice
I hope my gift suffices
I’m feelin kinda shy I don’t mind
When we get moments together like this

Prechorus

I feel the awkwardness
The blood rush from my chest
I’m working to serve up a version of me that deserves you

It’s Blooming Panic

You got me checkin my vibes

Click romantic
Q
Help us hit our stride

NT
Come on just play up to level 20 and I swear you’ll like it
Q
You keep this up, and I’m gonna have to time you out
NT
T-That’s an abuse of power
Q
Not when I count it as harassment
NT
Come on, it’s only 14.99 a-
NO
You’re focused on the wrong fantasy

It’s Blooming Panic

You got me checkin my vibes

Click romantic
Q
Help us hit our stride

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