If you haven’t already heard about LIGATT security, you need to. I won’t do them a favor of linking to them from this blog post, but I would like to provide some information about why I’m afraid of them. No, it’s not because they have the world’s #1 hacker.
There is a lot of terrific information about the company, its misgivings and wrongdoings on attrition.org’s Charlatan page for Gregory Evans, the LIGATT founder and CEO. Convicted of wire fraud in the beginning of last decade, Mr. Evans made good upon his release from prison by… marketing a caller ID spoofing service starting two days after the US House of Representatives made caller ID spoofing illegal.
Another fantastic resource is the book review issued today by Ben Rothke on Gregory Evans’ book How To Become The Worlds No. 1 Hacker. In the review, Rothke explains:
In short, this is merely a work of cut and paste. In the parts of the book where the author attempts to write original text, it’s ripe with various errors. I could list many such errors, but why bother… But the real offense is the author’s blatant use of unattributed sources. I am not talking about a paragraph here or there, it is about wholesale plagiarism, often taking the form of an entire chapter.
So what scares me about them? No, it’s not that they have the “#1 hacker for hire”. I’m more scared of my own employees than this joker. It’s because they are a marketing machine that is escaping the ire of the media. In fact, they’re getting fluff pieces on Fox News and publicizing frightening commercials, taking out full page ads in hakin9 magazine, talking on radio stations, and issuing press releases and ALL CAPS tweets regularly. There’s even a movement to get LIGATT profiled on Oprah.
They proclaim on their front page “LIGATT Security is a leader in cyber security.” If anyone treats and respects this company as a “leader” it will put the community of hard working information security professionals many steps behind. Organizations like this give the whole security community a bad rap.