Hip-Hop Security

Gregory Evans of LIGATT Security International discusses why cybercrime is bigger than Hip-Hop.


According to AT&T's Chief Security Officer Edward Amoroso, revenues from cybercrime is around $1 trillion annually. With the hip hop industry generating $10 billion annually, according to Forbes Magazine; the music industry needs to protect themselves from cybercrime more than ever.

Ironic that AT&T was also quoted after Evans' felony conviction for wire fraud and other charges.

A company that the music industry can utilize to protect themselves against cybercrime is LIGATT Security International LSI; which is a leading provider of hi-tech crime investigations through supplying main frame penetration testing.

I had no idea the Hip-Hop industry was big on using mainframes for their business. Hopefully LIGATT can also do other types of penetration testing..

We spoke to CEO of LSI Gregroy Evans about the importance of the music industry needing to protect themselves from cybercrime and the services the LSI provides.

Crème Magazine: What specific products and services do you offer to your clients?

Gregory Evans: We offer a full line of products that we have created in less than a year. These products include:


2. Portsnitch - a software that checks to see if your computer has vulnerabilities and open ports a hacker may be able to enter.


5. Recon - a program that will monitor your outside network to find any vulnerabilities (holes) that hackers will use to gain access to your network or computer.

Wait, not even a page later, Evans says "With Spyware there is no hacking any more." So why are these programs a good bargain for LSI customers?


Crème Magazine: Being a former hacker; how easy is it to hack into someone's computer?

Gregory Evans: It is a lot harder these days. It is nothing like in the movies or on television. Although, I have been able to break into recording studios, entertainers and even a city in less than five minutes. With Spyware there is no hacking any more.

The last line is the only reason you need to disregard Gregory Evans and consider him a total charlatan and fraud. While using client side exploits is certainly increasing, good old fashioned 'hacking' is still prevalent and a threat to your network. Anyone who believes Spyware is the only method used is out of touch with security, hackers and reality.

I can send a person an email with a link in it and when the person clicks the link, it will install spyware on their machine. This means that everything they do on the computer is being reordered and emailed to me. For example their usernames, passwords, account numbers, instant messages, emails sent and received and anything else you do on a computer. So there is no hacking anymore.

And if your client gives you a test window of Friday 6PM until Monday 6AM, Evans' and LIGATT are unable to compromise your network. That is unacceptable in the world of penetration testing.


Crème Magazine: Anything else you'd like to add?

Gregory Evans: An article came out about two months ago that said cybercrime generates more money than drug trafficking. See this is big business. Every six seconds a personal computer is hacked. Only one out of 10,000 hi-tech hustlers worldwide ever get caught.

Cite your source on that statistic Evans.

As a hacker you can make NBA-owner figures. Look at the three hackers who broke into TJ Max/Marshals and stole 40 million credit cards. They charged more than $200 million in less than a year. Name a rapper or rap group that did that in one year. I watch movies like "American Gangster" where they brag about Frank making more than a $1 million a week. Hell, I did that between 1996 and 1997 before the feds came in.

Right, Evans made ~ $52 million dollars between 1996 and 1997. Perhaps the court should have ordered him to pay more than the $9 million in restitution that they did after he got caught. Guess he was that "one out of 10,000 hi-tech hustlers worldwide [that] ever get caught."

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