[UPDATE] FAMU to Host Cyber Crime Prevention Forum

By: FAMU Release; Jill Chandler, Amy Long Email
By: FAMU Release; Jill Chandler, Amy Long Email

TALLAHASSEE, Florida- March 23, 2011 10:57pm by Amy Long

A man who's been hacking into computers since he was in the seventh grade stopped by FAMU's campus to teach a crash course in hacking.

Gregory Evans - who is considered to be the "world's number one hacker" - spoke to students about both sides of identify theft, online predators and credit card fraud.

In the 90's, Evans pleaded guilty to breaking into the systems of AT&T, MCI and Sprint. After spending two years behind bars and paying back ten million dollars, he's warning students how hard the fall from the top can be- but says student can take advantage of the current cyber situation.

Notorious Cyber Hacker, Gregory Evans says,"That's the industry that you need to think about going into because it's not going to go away. This is the new wild, wild west and right now the criminals are winning. And when I say they're winning, they're winning big time."

Evans says there aren't enough lawyers who specialize in cyber crime, and not enough investigators to know what to look for.

The event was part of Evans' nationwide college tour.

A FAMU professor mentioned a course on cyber hacking in the near future. Check back to WCTV.TV for the details.
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida- March 23, 2011 5:42 pm by Jill Chandler--

A man considered to be the "world's number one hacker" is speaking to students on FAMU's campus Wednesday.

Gregory Evans will be speaking about identity theft, online predators, and computer hacking.

Although Evans has experience in these fields, many wonder if he is too controversial to be speaking to students.

He did two years in prison and repaid nearly 10 million dollars in damages for breaking into the systems of AT&T, MCI, and Sprint in the 1990's.

Jaqueline Perkins works for the School of Criminology. Perkins said, "We have criminal justice students who are being prepared to fight crime. So if they're getting from the person who is actually committing the criminal offense... they have a better understanding of the criminal mind."

Wednesday night's event is part of Evans nationwide college tour.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - March 22, 2011 3:16pm --

The following is a FAMU Release:

Regarded as the "World's No. 1 Hacker," Gregory D. Evans will conduct a Cyber Crime Prevention Forum for the general public at Florida A&M University (FAMU) on March 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Perry-Paige Auditorium. Evans, who will also speak to students, is scheduled to discuss: identity theft, online predators and computer hacking.

Founder of LIGATT Security, Evans is currently on a college speaking tour around the nation. He has authored eight books on laptop security and spyware amongst other topics. He has also been a contributor to several magazines and televisions programs speaking on cyber crimes and security.

Evans was a hacker in the 1990s and broke into the systems of AT&T, MCI, and Sprint and served a 24-month sentence in federal prison and repaid nearly $10 million in damages. After his release, he became a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and has taught several hi-tech crime continuing education courses with universities and government agencies. Evans is also credited with creating the first wireless tracking device for computers called the e-Snitch (electronic snitching device). The e-Snitch allows the user to track a stolen computer from anywhere in the world.

Evans has dedicated himself to giving back to the community with his campus college tours, youth program and various forums and seminars he presents on cyber crime.


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  • by BillV Location: Undisclosed on Mar 29, 2011 at 04:37 AM
    What? Really? You think he knows his stuff? Have you actually ever listened to him speak? I guess a better question is, what would you consider your technical level/ability is? I suppose to people who know nothing or very little about computers then he may come across as knowing what he's talking about - because he can talk about basic security/privacy all day long. To those that work in the field, or have a high-level of technical ability/expertise, it's very clear that his knowledge doesn't go that deep. You point out his website but have you looked at the attrition.org site? It's not people that just have "all these bad things to say," it's the fact that the research has been done on him and he's been proven to be a fraud. He's no better than a swindler who shows up at your doorstep trying to sell you something you don't need. Do I know him? No. Have I heard him speak? Yes. Do I believe he knows his stuff? Absolutely not but he's quite good at stealing the work of others.
  • by Mat Jezorek on Mar 27, 2011 at 03:56 PM
    I learned everything I know from Gregory Evans. It is funny that people who have never met him or heard him speak have all these bad things to say. I just went to gregorydevans.com site and it was very nice.
  • by Jon Welcorn on Mar 27, 2011 at 03:52 PM
    I think Greg Evans knows his stuff. Everyone keeps talking bad about him but go to www.GregoryDEvans.com and check him out. Then see if he is a fraud.
  • by BillV Location: Undisclosed on Mar 24, 2011 at 04:46 AM
    http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Ligatt-Security-LLC-100076619
  • by LeeAnne Squires Location: FAMU on Mar 23, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    I checked the links and the cbs atlanta report. why is famu giving this guy a platform? i thought the business school was about stopping charlatans, not giving them a stage to validate themselves.
  • by Myles Kenny Location: Atlanta, GA on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    Evans is a joke and he is making a joke of FAMU. FAMU did NOT invite him. He rented space in a hall and is giving a talk. He is no different from when Scientology gives Dianetics lectures. Scientology is not a FAMU event, and neither is Evans event.
  • by Mychal Johnson Location: allahassee, FL on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM
    Brandon, you support Mr. Evans..that is odd. CBS News ran a report that he is a fraud. Numerous people wrote book reviews that he is plagiarist. The Tech Herald and The Register papers botgh ran exposes on him. What more do you need that he is a fraud?
  • by BillV Location: Undisclosed on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    @ Brandon - are you a representative of Florida A&M? Or are you a student? Either way you are obviously quite confused if you support Mr. Evans as I assure you those in the information security industry do not. I find it highly disappointing that schools allow him to speak on such matters.
  • by Sam Location: Bell on Mar 23, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Charlatan: http://attrition.org/errata/charlatan/gregory_evans/ Legit: http://www.learnsecurityonline.com/
  • by Brandon Location: Johnston on Mar 23, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    We support Cyber Security Expert Gregory Evans. We are already aware of the bias CBS Story that shows no proof of Mr. Evans being a fraud, and the other link below, but here at FAMU, we support him 100%. Please get to know someone first before judging because I am certain neither one of you two know Mr. Evans personally. Thanks.
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