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Christopher Tarnovsky is a renowned hacker, was born April 20, 1971 in Nyack, NY. In 2002 Christopher was accused in a lawsuit filed by Canal Plus, who at that time was an employee of NDS. He was alleged to have extracted the source code of SECA card and posted it on a piracy site on 26 March 1999. The suite was withdrawn later. DirecTV a client of NDS demanded in 2001 that Tarnovsky should be kept away from their systems. He made a successful display of breaking into a Trusted Platform Module in 2008. It took Tarnovsky 9 months of study to discover the main contents of the module.
He is also founder of Flylogic, Inc. in 2007. Tarnovsky was interviewed by Wired magazine June 2, 2008. Numbered 11 in PCWorld Security>12 ’White Hat’ Hackers You Should Know April 18, 2010.
Tarnovsky was born in 1971 in Nyack, New York to Lois, a CPA, and George Tarnovsky, a hardware engineer. On his father’s side, Christopher is of Russian descent, and on his mother’s side, she is of German descent. Chris is first born American. He and his 2 brothers, Andy, Nickoli, were brought up in Maybrook, New York. After his parents’ separation in 1982, Chris and his brothers lived with their mother, and were latchkey kids. Tarnovsky was raised Presbyterian, he has since described himself as a believer of God but not religion.
1987-89 at Newburgh Free Academy, Tarnovsky did not graduate with his class due to failing grades but completed his school in summer receiving his high school diploma. He was a track long distance runner.
1989 he enlisted in the Army becoming an E5 in Computer Repair Cryptographic Repair. Tarnovsky met Sylvie Berny, a Belgium civilian who spoke only French and they begin dating in 1990 and married in 1992 in Newburgh, New York. Raised two daughters in New Hampshire/San Diego and divorced in San Diego in 2008. In 1996, he had honorable discharge from the Army.
Tarnovsky presently lives in San Diego, California.
Tarnovsky began using computers and writing software as a child in elementary school. His father built computers and taught him basic electronic theories. His 6th grade teacher Marietta Allen taught him how to use the Apple ][+ Computer. In 1979-80 he owned a Mattel Aquarius computer and also worked on homemade computer kits that ran CP/M.
He enjoyed developing and running BBS (Bullentin Board System)
Attended University of Maryland but dropped out before completing any of his classes through the Army Military Satellite Campuses.
- http://www.flylogic.net/ Tarnovsky’s official site
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