Popular Hacker Adrian Lamo, known for the case Chelsea Manning, is dead

The popular Hacker Adrian Lamo died at 37 age, the coroner confirmed his death, but the circumstances of his passing are still unknown.

The popular hacker Adrian Lamo has died at 37, he is known for hacking a number of companies, including The New York Times in 2002., and turning the whistleblower Chelsea Manning into the FBI.

Adrian Lamo revealed that Bradley Manning provided secret documentation to WikiLeaks, he declared to have acted out of a sense of “duty,” but later expressed some regret for the decision.

His father Mario Lamo-Jiménez announced the death in a Facebook post:

“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son…”  he posted

The coroner for Sedgwick County, where Lamo lived, confirmed the death of the young hacker but at the time it still unknown the cause.

Media outlets pointed out reportedly Adrian was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in July 2010 when he spent a short period at the hospital.

Media dubbed Adrian Lamo the “homeless hacker” because once when he was unemployed he wandered the US by Greyhound bus and hacked business from the street

In the imaginary, his life embodies the story of the romantic hacker that works alone to discover flaws in the systems of the tech giants.  He spent almost six months on home detention, he also studied journalism before becoming a threat analyst.

Chelsea Manning found him by reading his profile in Wired magazine, then he contacted him revealing his role of informant for WikiLeaks.

Many of view remind the controversial combat video footage (“Collateral Murder – Wikileaks – Iraq”) showing an Apache helicopter in 2007 shooting unarmed Iraqi civilians.

Manning also passed more than 260,000 classified diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. Adrian Lamo reported him and informed the US military of the security breach.

Manning was arrested in May 2010 and sentenced to 35 years in prison for the data leak. In January 2017, President Barack Obama took a historic decision, he commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks in 2010.

His release took place on May 17, 2017.

RIP Adrian Lamo.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs – Adrian Lamo, hacking)

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Pierluigi Paganini: Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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