Milhon coined the term cypherpunk and was a founding member of the cypherpunks.. She began computer programming in 1967, writing software for the Horn and Hardart company. Among the projects she contributed to were the Berkeley Operating System and Community Memory. She was a member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and the author of several books, including The Cyberpunk Handbook (1995) and How to Mutate and Take Over the World (1996) ISBN 0-345-39216-7. She was a senior editor at the magazine Mondo 2000 and frequent contributor to Boing Boing. On July 19, 2003, Milhon died of cancer. Milhon is survived by her loving daughter, Tresca, and fabulous grandson, Emilio.