InfoSec community mourns the loss of well-known hacker Barnaby Jack

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jul 29, 2013 03:35 am PST

The security community remains in a mixed state of grief and confusion this morning, as word of Barnaby Jack’s passing spreads. Known for his work on embedded devices, from the financial world to the medical one, the 35 year-old hacker was a beloved family member to the InfoSec community.

According to the San Francisco Medical Examiner, Barnaby Jack passed-away on Thursday, at 7:50 p.m. local time, but the office would not discuss any further details. The news was confirmed by his sister, Amberleigh, Friday morning. The lack of information has left many of his friends and peers — his extended family — in confusion as they struggle to deal with his sudden loss.

He is best remembered by much of the public for his research in 2010, where he disclosed flaws that enabled a person to force ATMs to spit out cash, a process he called Jackpotting. Video of that talk, along with slides, is available here.