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MySpace Cofounder Tom Anderson Was A Real Life "WarGames" Hacker in 1980s

MySpace Cofounder Tom Anderson Was A Real Life "WarGames" Hacker in 1980s
MySpace Cofounder Tom Anderson Was A Real Life "WarGames" Hacker in 1980s

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by Michael Arrington 
August 30, 2008 

Late last year we discovered that MySpace cofounder Tom Anderson, 
arguably the most popular individual on the Internet with 240+ million 
MySpace friends (he is added by default to every MySpace account) was 
actually 37 years old, not the 32 that he continues to claim on his 
MySpace page.

Now we've learned a much more colorful part of Anderson=E2=80=99s history: In 
1985, when he was fourteen and in high school in Escondido, California, 
Anderson was subject to one of the largest FBI raids in California 
history after hacking into a Chase Manhattan Bank computer system and 
subsequently showing his friends how to do it. He was never arrested 
because he was a minor, but the FBI confiscated all of his computer 
equipment and some newspaper accounts of the incident stated incorrectly 
(see image below from a 1986 LA Times story) that he was "convicted in 
federal court of computer hacking and placed on probation" (the 
statements were corrected in subsequent articles). Anderson used the 
hacker name "Lord Flathead."

MySpace and Anderson would not comment on this post. But most of the 
information is now available online as news articles from the 1980s (and 
earlier) have been added to Google and other search engines. We came 
across an initial article accidentally and started investigating from 
there. Some of the information in this post has been obtained by a 
source close to Anderson, including the connection between Anderson and 
his hacker name.


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