intro’d to Jake via Graham‘s post/interview for his book:
audio clip linked above – not working:
i decided to stop going (to school at 13) – as an experiment, and because i was bored. i wanted to learn in my own way and they didn’t like that.
i wanted to think outside of the Shetlands.. but we didn’t talk about that. so when i went home – … through the window of my computer i could see the rest of the world.
there was never an answer for why i had to go (to school) – so for the next 3-4 yrs i just stayed in and learned what i wanted to learn.
from dec 2013:
Former Lulzsec Hacker On Why He Did It, Politically Driven Hacking
Published on Dec 17, 2013
Jake Davis (aka Topiary) – former hacker and self-described ‘simple prankster turned swank garden hedge’ who is a former member of Lulzsec and similar hacktivist groups talks to Wired 2013. Jake Davis, AKA Topiary, scares Fox News a lot. He spoke on stage about his arrest following Lulzsec’s attack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s website
on being arrested and banned from the internet
“I decided to sit in my house on a computer all day, instead of knitting or farming or dressing up as a viking, which is what goes on in the Shetlands,” quipped Davis.
Davis did this for around five years, having dropped out of school when he was just thirteen. And what did he on his computer? Sit on chatrooms and play games for eighteen hours a day. “I was a basement-dwelling, nerd for five years,” he says.
Topiary, real name Jake Leslie Davis, born October 27, 1992, is a former hacker. He has worked with Anonymous, LulzSec, and similar hacktivist groups. He was an associate of the Internet group Anonymous, which has publicly claimed various online attacks, including hacking HBGary, Westboro Baptist Church, and Gawker. They have also claimed responsibility for the defacing of government websites in countries such as Zimbabwe, Syria, Tunisia, Ireland, and Egypt.
On February 24, 2011, Topiary gained attention after he appeared on The David Pakman Show. He informed the host that Anonymous had replaced a Westboro Baptist Church webpage with a message from Anonymous during an on-air confrontation with Shirley Phelps-Roper. A recording of this event was placed on YouTube, where it reached over one million views in five days.
Topiary was a member of LulzSec, and ran their Twitter account. The Guardian had reported that Topiary’s name was Daniel.
On July 14, 2011, The Guardian published an exclusive interview with Topiary, in which he spoke extensively about his motivations. Describing himself as “an internet denizen with a passion for change” he said he feared being tracked by the authorities: “I can only hope that they haven’t pinned any of us, especially my friends from LulzSec.” Later, a full transcript of the lengthy interview surfaced on the website of freelance Guardian journalist Ryan Gallagher
Jake Davis (@DoubleJake) tweeted at 4:37 AM – 23 Sep 2016 :
2016: Yahoo hacked in 2014
2018: Facebook hacked in 2016
2020: Gmail hacked in 2018
2022: entire planet hacked in 1999 (http://twitter.com/DoubleJake/status/779268473600012288?s=17)
Jake Davis (@DoubleJake) tweeted at 4:27 AM – 24 Jun 2017 :
Thanks for listening everyone. Don’t forget to connect to the free open WiFi and do some sensitive things like online banking. #TedxTeen (http://twitter.com/DoubleJake/status/878560282708201472?s=17)
can’t find video yet..
His current main role is Head of Hacking at SPYSCAPE, an entertainament/educational brand focusing on the spying and hacking worlds
Jake’s biggest passion is bringing the psychologies and nuances behind hacking and the wider internet community to a mainstream audience in a creative, unique way, with a view to raising awareness and knowledge around important cyber issues.
Jake Davis (@DoubleJake) tweeted at 7:42 AM on Wed, Jul 26, 2017:
Today I did a quick interview with @WiredUK about the next generation of hackers and how powerful they will be https://t.co/qexs4xNw4u
about an untapped curiosity and talent that was not being fostered in any other place
imagine.. if we made sure to tap into 7 bn curiosities.. everyday..
The alternative, he points out, is a system like that in the US, where hackers are demonised and given hefty prison sentences. Davis is still living under the terms of his punishment – he was banned from deleting his internet history until May 2018. But he believes the UK is making “some good steps” in how it approaches young hackers, before their activity escalates to more serious criminal activity.
“To this day they continue to not only mistreat their own citizens – the case of journalist Barrett Brown, for example – but attempt to essentially kidnap ours, in the case of Lauri Love.
Julian Knab (@itsJulian23) tweeted at 2:49 AM on Wed, Aug 02, 2017:
Talk with one of the guys I wrote large parts of my Master thesis about. https://t.co/dGMgewMEHt