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[ISN] Cyber Security 'Expert' Is Felon, Accused Plagiarist, Uncertified Hacker

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Date: Tue Feb 15 2011 - 06:45:04 GMT

By Jeff Chirico
CBS Atlanta Investigative Reporter
February 14, 2011

ATLANTA -- CBS Atlanta is asking Tough Questions about the credentials
of the self-proclaimed "world's No. 1 hacker." Gregory D. Evans, of
Atlanta, has appeared on numerous national and local news programs to
speak about Internet security issues. But an investigation has revealed
his questionable past, uncertain credentials and allegations of

In 2002, Evans was convicted on federal wire fraud charges in California
and sentenced to two years in prison. He was ordered to pay about $9
million in restitution. Federal court officials told CBS Atlanta, Evans
is not current with his payments.

Since his release, Evans started two companies that are publicly traded.
Ligatt Security International is a computer security firm. Spoofem is a
company that offers technology to disguise a user's phone number on
caller ID. That practice has recently been outlawed in the United

Evans is now dealing with accusations that he plagiarized his 2010
self-published book, 'How To Become The World's No.1 Hacker.'"

"The vast majority of the book was direct plagiarism from a number of
sources," said security consultant Ben Rothke. Rothke, of New Jersey,
wrote a review of Evans' book. "We’re talking 70 to 80 to 90 percent in
some cases complete chapters cut and paste the works of other authors
and all of these works unattributed," said Rothke.


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