You probably don't know the name Marcus Hutchins (or Hutchis). But you know what he did. Or more specifically, you know what he stopped. He's the reason the WannaCry malware is no longer a thing. In a matter of hours, he sinkholed it. He also did a lot of other really cool, really important stuff. But not before he did a ton of really bad, really criminal stuff. WIRED has an amazing story on it. I wouldn't say he followed a traditional redemption arc, because I'm not sure he's completely redeemed for his past actions. Nor, do I believe, is he sure. He even publicly dismissed the notion that he was only able to do good because he learned from doing bad. The morality of his story is complicated, and that's what makes it fascinating. Kevin Mitnick is another name you probably don't know. But you probably know the term "social engineering," which he helped popularize by way of his insanely interesting books (you seriously need to read them all, now). He started life phone phreaking, dumpster diving and convincing people to give him their passwords. Now he runs a very successful Internet security company and consults on damn near everything. This stuff really interests me, because before the Internet got too complicated for me, back when a free AOL CD was included with damn near everything -- that's how I had Internet for a bit actually, then I'd use the old ones as drink coasters -- I used to be part of an early Internet forum chat room thing. I was really into paintballing at the time, and it was hosted on one of their websites. A bunch of people decided we wanted to try to get into the mod forum because there must be some super secrets in there. So we got together in our mIRC room and figured out how to get in. Turns out they were just talking about how they were gay and shit. Then we shared how we did it, and this big corporate website had to close down their forums because a couple of kids couldn't stop being kids. Focus: Who was bad that turned their life around? Which stories fascinate you? Why should we know about these people? Alt. Focus: What were early computers/early Internet like for you? Remember trading a physical phone line between rooms? Still waiting for ICQ to come back in style?