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April 2002

Information security professional: What's in a name?

On a door inside eEye Digital Security headquarters is a modified zoo sign warning guests not to annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, vex or worry the engineers within. Two skateboards are parked at the suite's entrance. Among employees in this large lair is Marc Maiffret, the company's chief hacking officer. His hair-blue now, green then-stands out but also fits in with the bluish-purple ("blurple") walls, paper lanterns, candy dispensers and video game paraphernalia that make for funky feng shui. The company, a maker of high-end network security software, last year discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft's IIS Web server and later issued the first warning of malicious code exploiting that flaw. Maiffret and his crew named that worm Code Red after the caffeine-rich soft drink that sustained their long hours of research. At 21, the Southern California native devotes his days to writing code, working on OEM deals, finding vulnerabilities and talking to the press. He bristles when asked about his BMW and his Aliso Viejo, Calif....

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