Michael Schearer

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Michael Schearer
Michael Schearer profile photo.jpg
January 2016
Born (1975-11-28) November 28, 1975 (age 41)
Other names theprez98
Residence U.S.
Citizenship American
Fields Lawyer, Computer security, military
Institutions DLA Piper
Booz Allen
United States Navy
Alma mater University of Maryland School of Law
Georgetown University
Bloomsburg University
Known for Computer security, military

Michael Schearer (born November 28, 1975) is an American lawyer, writer, and computer security researcher who is known for his research and presentations on the technology of improvised explosive devices,[1] wireless security, cryptography, privacy, and related legal issues. He is a contributing author to multiple books on computer security, and is currently a Lawyer for DLA Piper. In the computer hacker community, he is known as theprez98.


Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, Schearer currently lives in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Schearer has a law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, a Master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bloomsburg University. He previously worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and the United States Navy.


From June 1999 until February 2008, Schearer served as a Naval Flight Officer and Electronic Countermeasures Officer (ECMO) in EA-6B Prowler aircraft. During 2003 and 2004, Schearer flew combat missions for VAQ-139 from the USS Abraham Lincoln over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraq during Operation Southern Watch, and again over Iraq during the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From May 2005 until February 2008, Schearer was an Assistant Professor of Naval Science for the NROTC unit located at the Pennsylvania State University. During that time, he was deployed to Iraq for nine months as an electronic warfare officer tasked to train military forces in the use of counter-IED equipment. After returning from Iraq, Schearer gave several public presentations concerning the technology of improvised explosive devices.

Other writing[edit]

Schearer has written several articles published by Naval Safety Center publications Sea & Shore[2] and Approach.[3][4] He also maintains a weblog, MikeBlog, which focuses on his interests in sports, politics, computer and technology projects, and reading. He also previously wrote a popular "Plain English" series, which summaries Supreme Court opinions and other appellate cases into an easy-to-read format.


Schearer is a founding member of the reformed Church of WiFi, a wireless security research group. The Church hosts member-contributed projects related to wireless security issues and has presented research at DEF CON, H.O.P.E., Penn State Security Day and ShmooCon.

Schearer is also a founding member and former keyholder of the central Maryland hackerspace Unallocated Space.


Schearer has presented his research at a number of conferences including DEF CON,[5][6][7] ShmooCon,[8][9][10][11] and Penn State's Security Day.:[12]


  • Schearer, Michael. How safe is your neighborhood? Sea & Shore, Fall 2005.
  • Schearer, Michael, et al. Penetration Tester's Open Source Tookit, Vol 2, Syngress Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-59749-213-2
  • Schearer, Michael, et al. Netcat Power Tools, Syngress Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59749-257-7
  • Schearer, Michael, et al. Kismet Hacking, Syngress Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59749-117-4
  • Schearer, Michael, et al. Defense Against the Black Arts: How Hackers Do What They Do and How to Protect Against It, CRC Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4398-2119-0


  1. ^ ShmooCon 2007. The Church of WiFi presents: A Hacker in Iraq. www.MediaArchives.com. 
  2. ^ Schearer, Michael. "How safe is your neighborhood?". Sea & Shore. Archived from the original on May 25, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  3. ^ Schearer, Michael. "The value of postflighting your aircraft". Approach. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  4. ^ Schearer, Michael. "The mishap that never happened". Approach. Archived from the original on November 29, 2004. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  5. ^ DEF CON. "Defcon 15 Speakers". Defcon 15. Retrieved May 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ Greenberg, Andy (August 7, 2007). "Middle America, Meet the Hackers". Forbes.com. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  7. ^ Greenberg, Andy. "Hacking Outside the Box". Forbes.com. Retrieved May 10, 2008. 
  8. ^ ShmooCon. "2007 ShmooCon Presentations". ShmooCon 2007. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2008. 
  9. ^ ShmooCon. "2008 ShmooCon Presentations". ShmooCon 2008. Archived from the original on April 16, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2008. 
  10. ^ McAuthur, Hugh. "e2e Security". e2e Security. Retrieved May 8, 2008. 
  11. ^ Hines, Matt. "ShmooCon 07 - Day 2". InfoWorld Security Watch. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2008. 
  12. ^ Penn State SOS. "Conference Agenda". 2008 Penn State Security Day. Archived from the original on February 1, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2008. 

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