Dave Aitel

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Dave Aitel at Infiltrate 2012

Dave Aitel (born 1976) is a computer security professional. He joined the NSA as a research scientist aged 18 where he worked for six years before being employed as a consultant at @stake for three years.[1][2] In 2002 he founded a security software company, Immunity, where he was the CTO[3] up until December 31, 2020.[4]

Aitel co-authored several books:

  • The Hacker's Handbook: The Strategy Behind Breaking into and Defending Networks. ISBN 978-0-8493-0888-8
  • The Shellcoder's Handbook. ISBN 978-0-7645-4468-2
  • Beginning Python. ISBN 978-0-7645-9654-4

He is also well known for writing several security tools:

  • SPIKE, a block-based fuzzer
  • SPIKE Proxy, a man-in-the-middle web application assessment tool
  • Unmask, a tool to do statistical analysis on text to determine authorship

Dave Aitel is an infrequent guest on the Fox News Channel where he provides commentary on information security news.[5]


  1. ^ Canvassing all security cracks. Retrieved on April 16, 2008.
  2. ^ Aitel, Dave. 0days: How hacking really works. Retrieved on July 8, 2007.
  3. ^ Immunity company information Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on July 8, 2007.
  4. ^ ""Is it done yet? Boom! Typey Typey!" - Dailydave - mm4.emwd.com". lists.aitelfoundation.org. Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  5. ^ Aitel, Dave. "Cyber security: National security vs. personal freedom". Fox News. Retrieved 21 August 2012.