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People who I have found interesting or who have had an influence of some sort on my life. In some cases the influence is how not to live. In other cases I can learn lessons from the lives of these people.

Clifford Stoll vs the KGB hacker – A nova documentary about one of the first people to uncover a hacker

This is a video about Cliff Stoll. He was one of the first people to uncover a hacker back in 1986. He was an astronomy professor at Berkeley who was temporarily in charge of the computers. . He found a 75 cent accounting error which eventually led to his uncovering a KGB hacker network. The techniques the hacker used in 1986 are still being used effectively today.

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True Story – American troops, Wehrmacht, SS and French Prisoners defending a medieval castle against SS Troops.

The Battle for Castle Itter, a really strange battle, occurred at the end of World War Two.  Wehrmacht soldiers fought alongside U.S. troops against the Waffen SS.  They were protecting high ranking French prisoners who had been held at the castle.

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Witold Pilecki – He volunteered to enter Aushwitz to gain information about the camp.

Witold Pilecki was a Polish Officer who formed a resistance army after the Nazis invaded Poland. He volunteered to be captured and imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp to gather intelligence. As a prisoner, he passed information to the Allies regarding the truth of the camp. He helped the prisoners as best as he could and eventually escaped.

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Clifford Stoll – An astronomy professor who stopped a hacker

In 1986, Cliff Stoll was an Astronomy Professor at Berkley. When a computer administrator was on leave, Cliff was in charge of the systems. He found a 75 cent accounting error and started tracking it down. He eventually exposed a Soviet Bloc hacker who was stealing US Military secrets. His book, The Cuckoo’s Egg details the security issues that allowed the hacker to penetrate some of the most secure systems. The problem is that these vulnerabilities still exist today.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel – An Amazing Engineer.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a British engineer who left an amazing legacy in his 53 short years. This was the time of the Industrial Revolution. He had vision and drive far beyond most men. His works included Ships, Bridges, Tunnels and Railroads. Most of his works were larger than life such as the amazing Great Eastern Steamship.

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