Herbert Hugh Thompson

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Dr. Herbert Hugh Thompson is an application security consultant.

Thompson received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology.[1] and holds a CISSP certificate.[2] He was an adjunct professor at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida and worked for Security Innovation, Inc., where he gained experience training security testers and software developers for well-known software companies including Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, VISA, Hewlett Packard, Symantec, ING and SAP.[3]

In 2006, Thompson assisted in four hack tests for the nonprofit election watchdog group Black Box Voting.[4] Two of his tests involved altering election results reports on the Diebold GEMS central tally machines. Thompson also assisted Harri Hursti in the Black Box Voting projects in Leon County, Florida and Emery County, Utah. Thompson's GEMS central tabulator hack was achieved by inserting a Visual Basic script onto the GEMS server machine at election headquarters. Both the Visual Basic script hack by Thompson and the memory card hack by Hursti Hack can be seen in HBO's "Hacking Democracy" where Hursti and Thompson hacked into Diebold Election Systems's voting machines and central tabulator system in Leon County, Florida proving its vulnerability.[5]

Thompson has also been featured on The Red Tape Chronicles on MSNBC[6] and on CNN's Lou Dobbs[7]


  • “How to Break Software Security: Effective Techniques for Security Testing” (2004, Addison Wellesley)
  • “The Software Vulnerability Guide.” (2005, Charles River Media)
  • Protecting the Business: Software Security Compliance (2008, John Wiley & Sons)

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