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 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.
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
- Michael J. Freeman
- 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
A number of well known companies have been established by its participants.
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