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Barnaby Jack, hacker famous for 'jackpotting' ATMs, found dead

Barnaby Jack
Hacker extraordinaire

It's been seven months since Reddit Co-Founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz died, and today news is spreading that another young hacker has passed away.

Barnaby Jack, famous for making ATMs gush cash and exposing flaws in things like medical devices, was found dead Thursday in San Francisco. Police are ruling out foul play. His sister told Reuters that he was 35.

"Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby Jack has passed," tweeted IOActive Inc., Jack's most recent employer. "He was a master hacker and dear friend. Here's to you Barnes!"

Jack was due to give a presentation demonstrating his ability to hack into pacemakers and implanted defibrillators at the Black Hat convention next week, Reuters reported. Speaking with the publication last week, Jack said he could kill a man from 30-feet away by hacking an implanted heart device.

He was working with the unnamed device manufacturer to devise ways to prevent malicious attacks.

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Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle is a Senior Content Writer at 8x8. She was previously an editor at TechRadar, a leading consumer tech news and reviews website. Now she’s focused on helping small businesses reach their goals.