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Black Hat: Barnaby Jack Talk Will Not be Replaced

The organizers of the Black Hat security conference have issued a statement on the unexpected death of famed hacker Barnaby Jack, who died in San Francisco on Thursday, saying the planned talk on vulnerabilities in implantable medical devices by Jack on Thursday will not be replaced.

The organizers of the Black Hat security conference have issued a statement on the unexpected death of famed hacker Barnaby Jack, who died in San Francisco on Thursday, saying the planned talk on vulnerabilities in implantable medical devices by Jack on Thursday will not be replaced. Instead, the conference organizers said, the allotted hour on will be left vacant to commemorate his life and work.

Black Hat issued the following statement on Friday.

We have lost a member of our family. Everyone would agree that the life and work of Barnaby Jack are legendary and irreplaceable. Barnaby had the ability to take complex technology and intricate research and make it tangible and accessible for everyone to learn and grow from. Beyond his work in our industry, Barnaby was an incredibly warm hearted and welcoming individual with a passion for celebrating life. We all have a hilarious and upbeat story about Barnaby. He is truly a shining example of what we love about this community.


Black Hat will not be replacing Barnaby’s talk on Thursday, Aug. 1. No one could possibly replace him, nor would we want them to. The community needs time to process this loss. The hour will be left vacant as a time to commemorate his life and work, and we welcome our attendees to come and share in what we hope to be a celebration of his life. Barnaby Jack meant so much to so many people, and we hope this forum will offer an opportunity for us all to recognize the legacy that he leaves behind.


Our deepest sympathies go out to Barnaby Jack’s family and loved ones. Words cannot adequately describe how much he will be missed, but it is certain that Barnaby will NEVER be forgotten.


Related ReadingBarnaby Jack (1977-2013): Farewell to a Daring Wunderkind

Barnaby Jack is probably best known for his ATM hacking demonstrations, which he liked to refer as “Jackpotting”, and has performed at a few conferences, including a demonstration at Black Hat 2010 that got media attention around the world.

Jack has served as Director of Embedded Device Security at IOActive since October 2012, after a 10-month stint at McAfee, returning to IOActive where he previously held various roles. Jack also did stints also at eEye Digital Security and Juniper Networks.

“Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby Jack has passed. He was a master hacker and dear friend. Here’s to you Barnes!” IOActive Tweeted

Related Reading: Barnaby Jack (1977-2013): Farewell to a Daring Wunderkind

Related News: Famed Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Black Hat Conference

Related Video: Barnaby Jack Demonstrates ATM Hacking at Black Hat

Related Reading: Barnaby Jack Leaves McAfee to Return To IOActive

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

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