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Jacob Appelbaum is an independent journalist, computer security researcher and hacker. He has worked at the University of Washington and is also an important member of the project TOR.
It is recognized for having represented a WikiLeaks at the 2010 Hackers on Planet Earth conference.
For the above, it is logical to imagine that it has been a cause of concern for the law, so that some agencies managed to obtain a court order to extract the data from his Twitter account, in addition to detaining him at the American border after traveling to foreigner, confiscating a laptop and several mobile phones.
He resides in Berlin and contributes much as a journalist in the publication of the documents revealed by Edward Snowden in June 2013.
During the Chaos Communication Congress, on December 28, 2013, he presented documents that were revealed by Snowden, who was a contractor of the National Security Agency of the United States (NSA), in which it could be demonstrated that such an agency used the iPhones as espionage tools and that have developed devices to collect electronic information from a computer even when it is not online.
Such devices appear in the NSA ANT catalog, which was partially published in Der Spiegel, and in full in LeakSource.
From the pseudonym of Appelbaum is ioerrorand has been an active member of the hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow since 2008 and co-founded the hacklab Noisebridge together with Mitch Altman, in San Francisco.
Appelbaum revealed in an interview for the magazine Rolling Stone in 2010, that it comes from “a family of lunatics, true delusional lunatics”.
He stated that at the age of ten, his father collaborated in several high profile research projects, including cold boot attacks, SSL certification authorities and intelligent parking meters.
In addition, he appeared together with Julian Assange in episodes 8 and 9 of El mundo del mañana, titled “Cryptopunks”.
He made attributions in Assange’s book that he published in 2012, Cypherpunks, together with Andy Muller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann.
Hablando de red Tor, él la considera como “a part of a software ecosystem that helps people regain and reclaim their autonomy. Ayuda a que las people puedan tener mediations de todo tipo; ayuda a otros a ayudarse mutuamente y le ayuda a uno a ayudarse a sí mismo. Funciona, es abierta y está mantenida por una grand comunidad repartida en todas las gamas de la vida”.
In August 2013, Appelbaum gave a speech accepting Edward Snowden after receiving the biannual Whistleblower Award from a group of non-governmental organizations at the Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin.
He considers himself an atheist and of Jewish origin, identifying himself as queer, although he believes that he has held at least a dozen lovers in almost 12 countries. He is an anarchist and enjoys photography.
If he moved to Berlin where he applied for a residence permit, he says he does not want to return to the United States because he does not feel safe and because privacy protections are better in Germany than in the EU.
In December 2013, he suspected that the United States government broke into his apartment in Berlin.
Since September 1, 2015, Jacob Appelbaum is a doctor of philosophy student at the Technical University of Eindhoven.
In the 23rd Chaos Communication Congress in 2006, he gave a conference with Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, which was titled “Unlocking File Vault: An Analysis of Apple’s Encrypted Disk Storage System”.
Then, they published a program called VileFault, which broke Apple’s FileVault security.
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