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|Other names||Dark Dante|
|Occupation||Senior editor at Wired News|
Black Hat hacking
When the Federal Bureau of Investigation started pursuing Poulsen, he went underground as a fugitive. When he was featured on NBC's Unsolved Mysteries, the show's 1-800 telephone lines mysteriously crashed.
He was arrested, and sentenced to five years in a federal penitentiary, as well as banned from using computers or the internet for 3 years after his release. He was the first American to be released from prison with a court sentence that banned him from using computers and the internet after his prison sentence; although Chris Lamprecht was sentenced first with an internet ban on May 5, 1995, Poulsen was released from prison before Lamprecht and began serving his ban sentence earliest. (Poulsen's parole officer later allowed him to use the internet in 2004, with certain monitoring restrictions)
Poulsen has reinvented himself as a journalist since his release from prison, and sought to distance himself from his criminal past. Poulsen served in a number of journalistic capacities at California-based security research firm SecurityFocus, where he began writing security and hacking news in early 2000. Despite a late arrival to a market saturated with technology media, SecurityFocus News became a well-known name in the tech news world during Poulsen's tenure with the company and was acquired by Symantec. His original investigative reporting was frequently picked up by the mainstream press. Poulsen left SecurityFocus in 2005 to freelance and pursue independent writing projects. He became a senior editor for Wired News in June 2005, which hosted his recent (as of 2006[update]) blog, 27BStroke6, which has since been renamed Threat Level.
In October 2006, Poulsen released information detailing his successful search for registered sex offenders using MySpace to solicit sex from children. His work identified 744 registered people with MySpace profiles, and led to the arrest of one, Andrew Lubrano.
- 2011 Webby Award (International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences), Law category, for Threat Level
- 2011 Webby Award (International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences), People's Voice award, Law category, for Threat Level
- 2010 SANS Top Cyber Security Journalists (SANS Institute)
- 2010, MIN Best of the Web (Magazine Industry Newsletter), Best Blog, for Threat Level
- 2009, MIN Digital Hall of Fame (Magazine Industry Newsletter) Inductee
- 2008, Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism (J-Lab) Grand Prize
- Poulsen, Kevin (2011). Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground. Crown. ISBN 978-0-307-58868-5.
- Poulsen, Kevin (2011). Kingpin: The True Story Of Max Butler, The Master Hacker Who Ran A Billion Dollar Cyber Crime Network. Hachette (Australia). ISBN 978-0-7336-2771-2.
- Poulsen, Kevin (2011). Haker: Prawdziwa historia szefa cybermafii. Znak (Poland). ISBN 978-83-240-1659-4.
- Richard Gissel. Digital Underworld (August 23, 2005 ed.). Lulu.com. p. 222. ISBN 1-4116-4423-9.Kevin Lee Poulsen was born in Passadena, California in 1965. It was claimed that when he was 17 he used his radio shack TRS-80 to attack Arpanet, the predecessor of the Internet.
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- Jonathan Littman, The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen, 1997, publisher: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-52857-9
- KevinPoulsen.com; Poulsen's personal website
- Threat Level (former 27BStroke6) Blog by Kevin Poulsen and Ryan Singel