Dave Buchwald

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Dave Buchwald, on the set of Urchin, July 2005.

Filmmaker Dave Buchwald, once known as Bill From RNOC (/ˈɑːrnɒk/; born September 4, 1970) was a phone phreak, hacker, and leader of the Legion of Doom in the mid-1980s.[1][2]


In the late 1980s, as a teenager, Buchwald was a social engineer, with the ability to manipulate phone system employees anywhere in the United States. In addition, he had a hacking skill with regard to Bell and AT&T systems (specifically COSMOS, SCCS, and LMOS), which allowed him virtually unrestricted access to phone lines, including the ability to monitor conversations, throughout the country. He was the lead author of the PENIX suite of hacking tools. Some of his original ideas are still in use by social engineers and security professionals today.

In 1995, Dave was introduced to film making when he served as a technical consultant to the movie Hackers, editing the screenplay and personally coaching many members of the principal cast.

Security Career[edit]

In 1997, Buchwald co-founded Crossbar Security with Mark Abene (a.k.a. Phiber Optik) and Andrew Brown. Crossbar provided information security services for a number of large corporations,[3] but became a casualty of the dot-com bubble. Crossbar Security went defunct in 2002, largely due to cuts in corporate security spending and an increase in the cost of corporate computer security advertising.[citation needed]

Arts Career[edit]

Buchwald works as a film editor and freelance photographer, and graphic designer in New York City. He has been regularly producing cover art for 2600: The Hacker Quarterly since 2000 using the pseudonym Dabu Ch'wald. In August 2006, he completed his first feature film, Urchin. He has recently produced and edited the independent film Love Simple[4] and is in pre-production on the film Kuru, the second movie by the production company The Enemy.[citation needed] A short he edited entitled Floating Sunflowers won the Gold Remi award for Best Comedy Short at the 47th Worldfest-Houston International Film and Video Festival in April 2014.

He currently resides in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Hackers". Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (1997-10-10). "Grow Up Kid". Forbes. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Concerned Telecom and Network Security Specialists Respond to Claims of GSM Cellular Phone Cloning". GSM Security. 1998-04-13. Archived from the original on 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  4. ^ Scheib, Ronnie (2009-08-26). "Love Simple review". Variety. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 

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