w00w00 (pronounced whoo-whoo) was a computer security think tank founded in 1996 and still active until the early 2000s.[unreliable source?] Although this group was not well known outside Information security circles, its participants have spawned more than a dozen IT companies. The two most famous examples are WhatsApp, the messaging service, and Napster, the pioneering file-sharing company.
The following is a list of some of w00w00's participants:
- Christopher Abad
- Josha Bronson - Director of Security at Yammer
- Silvio Cesare
- Matt Conover - the founder of the group
- Michael A. Davis - CTO of CounterTack
- Mark Dowd - co-founder Azimuth Security
- Joshua J. Drake - from Accuvant Labs
- Shawn Fanning
- Simon Roses Femerling - formerly at Microsoft Research
- Jeff Forristal - one of the first people to document SQL injections
- Mike Freeman
- Jim Geovedi
- Jonathan Katz
- Jan Koum
- Ralph Logan
- Matt Ploessel
- Gordon Lyon
- Brian Martin
- David McKay - an early employee at Google and AdMob
- Seth McGann
- David Munson
- Tim Newsham
- Ejovi Nuwere
- Adam O’Donnell - co-founder of Immunet
- Sean Parker
- Alexander Peslyak
- Niels Provos
- Andrew Reiter - a researcher at Veracode
- Michael Ridpath
- Jordan Ritter
- Dragos Ruiu
- Tim Scanlon
- Dug Song - co-founder of Duo Security and Arbor Networks
- Tim Yardley - researcher in critical infrastructure security
- Anthony Zboralski
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