Loyd Blankenship (a.k.a. The Mentor, stylized as +++The Mentor+++) (born 1965) has been a well-known American computer hacker and writer since the 1970s, when he was a member of the hacker groups Extasyy Elite and Legion of Doom.
He is the author of The Conscience of a Hacker (Hacker Manifesto), written after he was arrested, and was published in the underground hacker ezine Phrack. Blankenship gave a reading of The Hacker Manifesto and offered additional insight at H2K2.
He also authored the cyberpunk role-playing sourcebook GURPS Cyberpunk, the manuscript of which was seized in a 1990 raid of his employer's (Steve Jackson Games, SJ Games) headquarters by the U.S. Secret Service.
- H2K2, The Conscience of a Hacker.
- ElfQrin.com Interview with The Mentor (July 31, 2000)
- Loyd Blankenship at the Internet Movie Database
- "The Conscience of a Hacker" published in Phrack Volume 1 Issue 7
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