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Security industry mourns death of ATM hacker Barnaby Jack ahead of Black Hat conference

26 Jul 2013

Barnby Jack who rose to fame after demonstrating an ATM hack at Black HatRenowned security researcher Barnaby Jack has died unexpectedly under unknown circumstances, one week before he was due to give a talk at the Black Hat security conference.

Jack was famous for demoing on stage how ATM cash machines could be hacked at the 2010 Black Hat conference.

He was due to retake the stage at Black Hat next week to demonstrate a new hack that could deactivate heart pace makers from 30-yards away, similar to the fictional attack shown on popular TV show Homeland.

Outside of his famous hacks, Jack was known as a skilled bug hunter, with his research covering multiple fields and areas.

Jack's death was confirmed by his employer IOActive via Twitter, although no details of how he died were given.

Jack's death has resulted in a sea of comments from the security community with numerous ethical hackers and researchers praising his contributions to the field.

Sophos technology director James Lyne praised Jack, saying his animated live demonstrations and energy while researching should act as an example to all security researchers. "It is a sad day to learn that Barnaby Jack has passed away," he told V3.

"Barnes had a substantial contribution to the field - not least kicking off a mass of interest and research in to the less considered devices in security like ATMs.

"His demonstrations and research inspired many (and were awesome) and I truly hope that up and coming security professionals continue his work and passion."

Other contemporaries like Apple zero-day hunter Charlie Miller and chief research officer at penetration firm Rapid7, HD Moore, expressed their admiration via Twitter.

To see Jack's famous ATM hack check out the video below.

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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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