L0pht Heavy Industries


L0pht Heavy Industries testifying before the United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Live feed from CSPAN, May 19, 1998. Starring Brian Oblivion, Kingpin, Tan, Space Rogue, Weld Pond, Mudge, and Stefan von Neumann.

This is the infamous testimony where Mudge stated we could take down the Internet in 30 minutes. Although that’s all the media took from it, much more was discussed. See for yourself.

L0pht Heavy Industries (pronounced “loft”) was a hacker collective active between 1992 and 2000 and located in the Boston, Massachusetts area. The L0pht was one of the first viable hackerspaces in the US.

The second character in its name was originally a slashed zero, a symbol used by old teletypewriters and some character mode operating systems to mean zero. Its modern online name, including its domain name, is therefore “l0pht” (with a zero, not a letter O or Ø).

The origin of the name may be traced to the fact that Brian Oblivion and Count Zero, two of the founding members of L0pht shared a common loft space in Boston with their wives, who ran a hat business on the other side. There they experimented with their own personal computers, equipment purchased from the Flea at MIT, and items obtained from dumpster diving local places of interest.

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