Cryptography is one of my interests. I’ve followed the news and information surrounding James Sanborn’s Kryptos and Cyrillic Projector sculptures for some time now. Check out the vast information on these items at http://elonka.com.
My general computer "Hacking" interest has its roots in the early foiling of Sierra Games’ copy protection on their 5.25" floppy diskette based games such as King’s Quest and Leisure Suit Larry. Another favorite defeat is one which involved my purchase of an IBM Aptiva Computer, which included a software CD "secured" via ZIP archives that were password protected. Minimal prodding around found the password embedded in clear text within a few COM files – MAGIC. With these occurances and several more advanced success stories from my friends, we were drawn to the annual DEF CON http://defcon.org and BLACK HAT http://blackhat.com gatherings to hear about more advanced discoveries, but eventually I opted instead to attend the similar PhreakNIC events held in Nashville, TN. See http://phreaknic.info for information.