Mustafa Al-Bassam

Mustafa Al-Bassam is a security researcher and hacker who co-founded LulzSec, a high-profile hacking group which made headlines in 2011 for its hacks on Sony, Fox and the FBI. As a result, he was legally banned from the Internet for almost two years as a condition of his bail. He is a currently a PhD researcher at the Information Security Research Group at University College London, focusing on scaling distributed ledgers. In 2016 he was listed by Forbes as one of the 30 Under 30 in the Technology section.

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While the United States is well-known for its draconian punishments for hackers, the United Kingdom is quietly following suit. Using examples from their own work, hackers, activists, and journalists discuss the legal framework which governs cyber crime on both sides of the Atlantic, and why we should all be worried.

Mustafa Al-Bassam, Jake Davis, Lauri Love, and Barrett Brown. Chair: Naomi Colvin