Barry Schlossberg, aka Gary Bresslin, aka "Lou Cipher"

Other Warning Signs

After Schlossberg's fifteen minutes of "vigilante fame" and riding the CD Universe saga, the rest of his public presence sends even more warning flags. His nonchalant claims of world travel, $5000 a day consulting rates and tracking hackers anywhere are just that: claims. Not a single article at the time did research to validate any of Schlossberg's stories, and some of the details do not add up. Some articles quoting Schlossberg give a better insight as to his lack of expertise in various topics. Relying on vague soundbytes and bogus claims, he appears to rely on shoddy journalism to do its work. Visiting the home page of sNet, Schlossberg's company, leaves the potential customer with more questions than answers about what the company really does. The 2001 copyright and disabled customer login page doesn't bode well. In an e-mail to, Schlossberg claims that Jericho "knew sNet went out of business in 2002". Until that e-mail, no one at knew that sNet went out of business, or when. A bulk of the original Errata pages on Schlossberg were written almost ten years ago, and only compiled into a section dedicated to him in 2006 as a matter of housekeeping.

Schlossberg also claims to have worked on Multics in his past. In emails with a member of, a "web site [that] describes the hardware, software, and people that made the system the best thing of its kind for many years", we confirmed that Schlossberg is not on the site. While the person does not remember that name, cannot find it in old phone lists, memos or self reporting, he notes that Honeywell was a big company and many divisions contributed to Multics. In addition, he notes that many Honeywell employees used 'Level 6 machines' that ran an OS influenced by Multics.

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