Episode 29: The Unsung Hero of the Hacker Community – John “Captain Crunch” Draper

“They said, ‘I’m the evil man, the one you don’t contact, the one you don’t deal with on any level’”


Just a few of the points you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The value of building a good reputation. You may be the best at what you do, but if others have better representation, they will be chosen over you.
  • The three different types of hackers and which ones can benefit or harm your personal and professional life (Black hat, grey hat and white hat hackers.)
  • Flaws that even the biggest communication companies are not aware of and how to protect yourself from real dangers (customer info extraction, e.g. Yahoo’s 1 billion accounts data breach.)


Quote – on our online privacy in the future political landscape:

“Were going to have more of our privacy eroded away”


Entrepreneurs and Business Owners:

  • Why even law enforcement are hiring white hat hackers and how you can protect your vital information too (computer security experts from accredited security schools and colleges)
  • The risks and rewards of entrepreneurship in sensitive sectors
  • How unorthodox creatives around you can inspire the next big idea (Steve Jobs has said without John Draper there would be no Apple)
  • Systems that can protect your information (your customers can be at risk to online breaches, e.g. Sony hacked multiple times)


Anyone With a Phone or Computer:

  • Whether you’re vulnerable using messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter and other messaging systems and what Apple is doing about it
  • How defenseless information networks are (banks sometimes don’t even change their default phone passwords)
  • Why AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and other telecommunication companies have huge security flaws
  • What the future has in store for our online protection


Quote – on the surprising level of how open your information is to hackers to phone carriers:

“They need to clean up their act and block certain signals to their network”


Where to learn more and to reach John:

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