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Mustafa Al-Bassam

Former Hacker, Security Advisor at Secure Trading, & Doctoral Researcher at University College London
  • Co-founder of LulzSec, a high-profile hacking group which made headlines for its hacks on Sony, Fox, and the FBI
  • As a result, he was legally banned from the Internet for almost two years
  • Gained an appreciation for the protection of data and is now focused on educating the public about cyber security, fostering transparency, and protecting against malware
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Mustafa Al-Bassam is a former hacker who is now an information security advisor at Secure Trading in London, and a doctoral researcher at University College London with a focus on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. At the age of 16, he co-founded LulzSec, a high-profile hacking group which made headlines for its hacks on Sony, Fox, and the FBI. As a result, he was legally banned from the Internet for almost two years as a condition of his bail. He then became a security researcher, with his work being cited in publications such as Forbes, VICE, The Washington Post, and the BBC, and has appeared on national television programmes to educate the public about cyber security.

Mustafa Al-Bassam has previously worked to physically analyse the destruction of computer equipment ordered by GCHQ, that held top secret material leaked from the NSA and GCHQ. He was portrayed as one of the main characters in "The Internet is Serious Business", a play by the Royal Court Theatre, which tells a story about Internet culture.

Since 2011, he has advised human rights defenders around the world on protecting their data and communicating securely online and created a tool for Tunisian dissidents to defend themselves against state-planted malware during the Arab Spring. In 2016, he was named in the Forbes' "30 Under 30" list in the technology section for his work uncovering government surveillance, and in Business Insider's list of "The 100 Coolest People in UK Tech".

He has regularly spoken at international industry events and meetings, including WIRED Security, SecureTour, Cloud Security Expo, and unBound London.

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