Ethical hacker, Founder of Trustwave SpiderLabs & Founder of THOTCON
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Nicholas Percoco is an ethical computer hacker who, at the age of six, constructed his first computer program. In his youth, he began navigating Bulletin Board Systems and performing ethical hacking exercises for Chicago companies. By 2005, he had formed the global information security research organization known as Trustwave SpiderLabs.
Nicholas is a high profile speaker on security breaches and IT security trends. In 2010 and 2011, he revealed mobile security flaws in both the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms at DEF CON, the world’s largest underground hacking conference. The Department of Homeland Security and Interpol tap Nicholas’s expert advice regardingcybercriminal activity, and he is one of the founders of THOTCON, an annual hacking and security conference in Chicago.
Nicholas serves as a leading subject matter expert on hacking trends for MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a Redbird alum and a Chicago native.
Hacking, cracking, stolen passwords, and hijacked credit cards are the norm in the computer underground today, but what about 10 years from now? 20 years? What in the next frontier of hacking isn’t computers at all, but the human brain?