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w00w00 (pronounced whoo-whoo) was a computer security think tank founded in 1996 and still active until the early 2000s.[1][2][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.[3][4]


The official website, explicitly states "there are no members only participants," which at one point included over 30 active participants and spanned 12 countries on five continents.[1][3][5]

The following is a list of some of w00w00's participants:

Notable companies[edit]

A number of well known companies have been established by its participants.[1][3][10][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Inside The Billion-Dollar Hacker Club". TechCrunch. 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  2. ^ "Interview with Matt Conover (Shok), w00w00 Hacker". Help Net Security. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Elite security posse fostered founders of WhatsApp, Napster". Reuters. 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  4. ^ a b "The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby". Forbes. 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  5. ^ "Manden der fik os til at tro, at musik skulle være gratis". Politiken. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  6. ^ "Talari Product Page". stuff.co.nz. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  7. ^ "Interview with Matt Conover (Shok), w00w00 Hacker - Help Net Security". Help Net Security. 1 April 2002. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  8. ^ "How Was SQL Injection Discovered?". www.esecurityplanet.com. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  9. ^ Castillo, Michelle (19 April 2017). "How a high schooler hacked into a security company and ended up with a job". CNBC. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  10. ^ "A file-trading ship of fools". Salon. 2003-04-22. Retrieved 2014-03-08.

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