Adrian Lamo

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Adrian Lamo is a threat analyst, grey hat hacker, and government informant known principally for breaking into a series of high-profile computer networks (most prominently The New York Times, Yahoo! News, and Microsoft), his subsequent arrest, and instigating the arrest of military whistleblower Bradley Manning, whom he alleges to be the source of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike video leak to Wikileaks.[2][3]



Lamo was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Mario Lamo and Mary Lamo-Atwood in 1981.[4] He spent his early childhood in Arlington, Virginia, until moving to Bogotá, Colombia around the age of 10. When his family moved back to the United States two years later, they settled in San Francisco, where Adrian lived until he tested out of high school a year early. Popularly called the "homeless hacker" for his transient lifestyle, Lamo spent most of his travels couch-surfing, squatting in abandoned buildings and traveling to Internet cafes, libraries and universities to investigate networks, and sometimes exploiting security holes. Despite performing authorized and unauthorized vulnerability assessments for several large, high-profile entities, Lamo refused to accept payment for his services. During this period he also overdosed on amphetamines.[4]

In a 2004 interview with Wired, an ex-girlfriend of Lamo's described him as "very controlling," stating, "He carried a stun gun, which he used on me." According to the same article, a court issued a restraining order against Lamo.[5] Lamo disputed the accuracy of the article and wrote, "I have never been subject to a restraining order in my life".[6]

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