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Yeah, I’m friends with Gregory Evans on Facebook. What of it?

Aug 31, 20123 mins
IT LeadershipTechnology Industry

Some of my security friends couldn't resist pointing out that myself and three others are connected to Gregory Evans on Facebook. Thing is, there are good reasons for me to follow him. Not that I think it's really him.

Facebook sent a couple security friends an interesting friend suggestion the other day: Gregory Evans, self-described “number-one hacker” and the ultimate fake in the eyes of many, including the folks at Noting that Evans has “four friends in common,” my comrades checked and saw that I was one of the four.

So you’ve discovered the skeleton in my closet. I may as well talk about it, then.

I feel the same as Evans as most of you do. [You can read about it in “LIGATT Security, Gregory Evans and the damage done.”]

I think accurately captured the problem with Evans with this devastating critique:

A supposed “hi-tech hustler”, “WORLD’S NO 1 HACKER” and convicted felon (Bureau of Prisons #13432-112), Gregory Dante Evans has invented himself as some form of hacker with the ability to break into anything and spin that supposed knowledge into advising companies on security. In reality, Evans and his company have little real knowledge beyond pedestrian hacking techniques found in plagiarized books and beginner hacking texts. His company, LIGATT Security International, offers a “suite” of products that are bloated version of common tools such as ping and nmap. Evans, who plagiarizes content rather than write it himself, is over US$11 million in debt due to his own history of crime and his inability to run a company. Every press release, every video cast, every public communication is full of discrepancies, half-truths and outright lies.

So why am I connected with him on Facebook? Two reasons:

1.) I’m highly skeptical that it’s really Evans’ profile. The comments you see on his page smack of parody, which makes it worth following in and of itself. What’s not to love about these comments the week of Black Hat, BSidesLV and Defcon:

Gregory Evans: Taco bell! Defcon/Blackhat/Bsides was rad!

Mike Diaz: Chillin at Rain with Gregory Evans waiting on Jay-Z, Cee Lo and Purrfect. Gregory is throwing hundeds at (expletive) and stirring his cosmo with a diamond straw. Ballin!

Gregory Evans: Tha club cant even handle me right now

2.) If it is Evans, my journalistic side wants to keep watch on his Facebook activities.

That said, I have yet to see anything news or blog worthy.

I figure being friends with him on Facebook is a win-win. I get to be entertained and, if I get unfollowed, I get to be cool because I was unfriended by Gregory Evans.

Carry on.