Kirk Jackson

Kirk is an Application Security Analyst at RedShield. Previously he lead security at Snapper, Xero, and was a C# developer. He has a strong focus on secure development and currently leads the Wellington OWASP chapter and helps organise the NZ OWASP Day conference.

Hack the world like the 1980's

The 1980's made owning a personal microcomputer mainstream, and many households around the world connected one of these new 8-bit marvels to the family television.
But there rose an underground movement of modifications, cracking and hacking - and the foundations for both the cyber-criminal and computer security industries were laid. A cat and mouse game began between software crackers and copy protection masters; hackers and defenders.
What did we learn in the 80's, and how does that inform us in 2017?