Bernd Fix

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bernd Fix
Bernd Fix.jpg
At 24C3 in Berlin (2007)
Born Bernd Robert Fix
(1962-03-19)March 19, 1962
Wittingen, Germany
Known for Computer virus research

Bernd Fix (born March 19, 1962 in Wittingen, Lower Saxony) is a German Hacker and Computer Security Expert.

Biography[edit]

After final secondary-school examination from Gymnasium Hankensbüttel in 1981, Bernd Fix studied Astrophysics and Philosophy at the universities of Göttingen and Heidelberg. He received his diplom for a work in the field of theoretical astrophysics in 1989.

From 1987 to 1989 Fix was one of the spokespersons for the Chaos Computer Club[1] and author for the "Hacker Bible 2".[2]

After the death of his friend Wau Holland (co-founder of the Chaos Computer Club) in 2001 Fix helped to establish the Wau Holland Foundation[3] and serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors ever since.

Since 1998 Fix is living and working in Switzerland; he currently resides in Zürich.

According to an interview from 2011, he got fired from his job at SIX Financial Information because of the foundation's support for Wikileaks.[4]

Work[edit]

In 1986 Fix joined the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in Hamburg and started to work on computer security issues, focussing on computer virus research. He published a first demo virus (Rushhour) in Fall 1986 in the Datenschleuder #17, the hacker magazine edited by the CCC.[5] He also contributed results of his research to the book "Computer Viruses" by Ralf Burger.[6]

In 1987 he devised a method to neutralize the Vienna Virus; this event marks the first documented antivirus software ever written.[7][8]

Fix is also the author of several research viruses; among them the VP370 virus for IBM mainframe computers. The VP370 source code was allegedly stolen by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service in Germany) in 1988 to be used in attacks against East Block and NATO mainframe computer systems in the so-called "Project Rahab".[9][10][11]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://chaosradio.ccc.de/doc032.html 1989-01-02 5. Chaos Communication Congress (german)
  2. ^ http://www.chscene.ch/ccc/habi2/260_habi2.html Hackerbibel 2 (german)
  3. ^ http://www.wauland.de Wau-Holland-Stiftung
  4. ^ http://www.sonntagszeitung.ch/multimedia/artikel-detailseite/?newsid=164211 SonntagsZeitung.ch on 23. January 2011: Der Super-Hacker
  5. ^ http://www.research.ibm.com/antivirus/timeline.htm IBM Research: Virus Timeline
  6. ^ http://lccn.loc.gov/89163816 Ralf Burger: Computer Viruses (ASIN B000P13P56)
  7. ^ http://www.securelist.com/en/threats/detect?chapter=108 History of malicious programs
  8. ^ http://www.8soft.de/produkte/kaspersky/kaspersky-booklet.pdf Das kleine Kaspersky-Virenlexikon (german)
  9. ^ http://www.dodccrp.org/files/Alberts_Anthology_II.pdf Information Age Anthology (Vol.II): National Security Implications of the Information Age
  10. ^ http://lccn.loc.gov/92034924 Peter Schweizer: Friendly Spies - How America's Allies Are Using Economic Espionage to Steal Our Secrets (ISBN 0871134977)
  11. ^ http://aspector.com/~brf/rahab.html Bernd Fix: A strange story