5 August 1978
Forbach, Moselle, France
|Alma mater||École centrale Paris|
Software developer |
Video game developer
Goatse Security expert
Hocevar was born in Forbach, Moselle, France. From 1995 to 1997, Hocevar took preparatory classes at the Lycée Fabert in Metz, Moselle, France. He graduated in 2002 from École centrale Paris, after receiving the "Award of Information Technology and Communication" from the SNCF as the most promising student in his class. He specialized in electromechanical systems and applied mechatronics, and project management.
Hocevar is best known for his role in the Debian project. Hocevar was elected Debian project leader on 17 April 2007. Hocevar's Debian leadership platform stated a preference for finishing larger numbers of small projects in succession, echoing Japanese management philosophy of Kaizen that constant, incremental improvements to a project would generate more gains per unit of time than large single leaps of performance. Hocevar was succeeded by Steve McIntyre on 16 April 2008.
Hocevar is also known for his contributions to the VideoLAN project. He has made large contributions to almost all software of the VideoLAN project, especially to VLC media player and libdvdcss since 1998. He is the author of various free software programs, such as zzuf, a data fuzzer, and libcaca, a color ASCII art renderer. He is also the current maintainer of the Extension Language Kit Scheme interpreter, which has found use in many multimedia applications including audio processing.
Hocevar is renowned for his expertise in reverse engineering and image processing. He reverse engineered DVD subtitles in 2000 and in 2005, it was found that the DRM software which triggered the Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal had unlawfully pirated open source code from the VideoLAN project which Hocevar was involved in authoring.
Hocevar's experience in image processing includes authoring a CAPTCHA decoding framework called PWNtcha. PWNtcha was the first CAPTCHA decoder framework to defeat multiple CAPTCHAs and was referred to as the "most famous" CAPTCHA breaker in a 2009 Stanford University publication.
Hocevar authored WTFPL version 2, an extremely liberal, permissive free software license that is recognized by the Free Software Foundation. He has also been cited for his "whimsical" copyleft activism.
Hocevar is part of Goatse Security, an information security working group most known for revealing a security flaw in AT&T's website, leading to the release of 114,000 email addresses of Apple iPad users.
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- Hocevar, Sam; Niger, Gary (2008), written at Cherbourg-Octeville, France, "Reinstating Floyd-Steinberg: Improved Metrics for Quality Assessment of Error Diffusion Algorithms", Lecture Notes In Computer Science; Vol. 5099: Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Image and Signal Processing, Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-540-69904-0, retrieved 2010-03-20
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Another Goatse member, French hacker Sam Hocevar, said he couldn't answer questions about Auernheimer's arrest.
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