Having had the opportunity to see things from within the hacker community and from a senior position in the DoD, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko has some enlightening stories, and picks some of his favorites to share. He discusses Julian Assange’s story to him about US government involvement in the origins of Wikileaks, how the DoD caused Anonymous to target government systems, some of the ways in which the defense industrial base’s poor security works financially in its favor, and cases where the government missed opportunities for positive outreach and understanding with this community.

You’ll probably recognize parts of these stories from the news, but the origins and back stories are lesser known.