We’ve been fascinated by Joe Grand for years. His early talks at DEFCON, and extensive work designing badges for it, helped to put the conference on our radar. We’ve seen many pieces of hardware come from his company Grand Idea Studio over the years, and of course there was the television show Prototype This! which must have been way too awesome for some TV exec to allow it to continue.
Dennis Fisher talks with Joe “Kingpin” Grand about his childhood taking apart early PCs and radios, his introduction to the BBS and early phreaking and hacking scene in Boston, his involvement with the L0pht and @stake, and now his current life as an engineer running Grand Idea Studio.
Security researcher Joe Grand, who was in the Boston hacker space L0pht as member Kingpin, said that the people who publicly release research should be thanked and treated as beneficial to the community, instead of putting them in jail.