Matthew Bevan

Born: June 10, 1974, Cardiff, Wales

Unlike more nefarious criminal types, Matthew Bevan was an amateur computer enthusiast whose curiosity, not maliciousness, got him into a world of trouble. While some of his early adventures included “phone phreaking,” (getting free phone calls along with other types of mischief to do with phone systems), he eventually graduated to more serious cracking efforts . . .

In 1994, Bevan, at 21 years old along with his 16 year old colleague Richard Price, compromised U.S. Air Force, NASA, and NATO systems for several weeks. Their goal was to find secret information about hidden UFO installations and crash sites, not unlike the motivation behind the hacking works of the infamous, Gary McKinnon.

Bevan was reportedly not a “sophisticated hacker” and was able to access one such system because rather than using a complex password an officer had used the name of his pet ferret “Carmen” as his password allowing the duo to break in. The sole device Bevan used was a Commodore Amiga loaded with the tool Roxbox.

Matthew Bevan

Some of his exploits included copying battlefield simulations From Griffiss Air Force Base, intercepting communications between the base and U.S. agents abroad and gaining access to the Korean Atomic Research Institute.

For a period during the attacks U.S. authorities were unclear on whether the the Air Force base was being hacked by North Korea or some nefarious nation state, which according to FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jim Christy, “nearly started a third world war.”

Bevan was arrested in June of 2016.  On November 21, 1997, Bevan was cleared of the three charges of “unauthorised access and modification” of the Air Force files and the Crown offered “no evidence,” saying that it was “no longer in the public interest” for another lengthy and costly trial.

Bevan now runs the Kuji Media Corporation, which offers security and technology advice.

For a fascinating interview with Bevan from 1999 in which he discusses his arrest, the court case and fascination with UFOs, click here.

Interesting Facts:

  • During his hacking career Bevan used the handle Kuji, now the name of his security business, Kuji Media Corporation.
  • From one of his hacking exploits, Bevan claims to have discovered files relating to a working prototype of an anti-gravity vehicle that “used a heavy element to power it up.”
  • Met his wife on an internet chat room and were engaged less than 56 days after they met.

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