Chris Wysopal

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Chris Wysopal (also known as Weld Pond) is a computer security expert and CTO of Veracode. He was a member of the high profile hacker think tank the L0pht where he was a vulnerability researcher.

Chris Wysopal was born in 1965 in New Haven, Connecticut, his mother an educator and his father an engineer. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York where he received a bachelor's degree in computer systems and engineering in 1987.


He was the seventh member to join the L0pht. His projects there included Netcat and L0phtCrack for Windows. He was also webmaster/graphic designer for the L0pht website and for Hacker News Network, the first hacker blog. He researched and published security advisories on vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Lotus Domino, Microsoft IIS, and ColdFusion. Weld was one of the seven L0pht members who testified before a Senate committee in 1998 that they could bring down the Internet in 30 minutes. When L0pht was acquired by @stake in 1999 he became the manager of @stake's Research Group and later @stake's Vice President of Research and Development. In 2004 when @stake was acquired by Symantec he became its Director of Development.

Wysopal was instrumental in developing industry guidelines for responsible disclosure of software vulnerabilities. He was a contributor to RFPolicy, the first vulnerability disclosure policy. Together with Steve Christey of MITRE he proposed an IETF RFC titled "Responsible Vulnerability Disclosure...
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