ESP Biography

JAY LANG, Hacker novitiate, aspiring engineer, pasta lover

Major: 16 and 6-3

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Howdy! My name's Jay, and I'm a sophomore studying aerospace engineering and computer science (MIT Courses 16 and 6-3 for the numerically minded)! I've had a lifelong passion for figuring out the internals of ~ how stuff works ~, ranging from rockets to iPhones, as well as how all these things break.

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the latter - in particular, how breakable are the computery systems we use on the daily? I've been exploring for a while between classes and PSETs, and you should totally join my shenanigans. *not evil laughter*

(no, i'm not a cat, but i completed this bio really close to the registration deadline and thought the pic was hilariously fitting #unfortunate)

Past Classes

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C13651: iHack: pwning stuff for fun and profit in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Ever jailbroken your phone and been curious about the magic behind the scenes? Ever watched somebody 'hack into the mainframe' in the movies and dreamed of disabling enemy systems? Ever gotten an email from one particularly well-endowed Nigerian prince? Alternatively, ever wanted to be a l33t h8x0r? Because you can do it too. Join us for an hour of rapid fire hacking. We'll talk about how the computery stuff you use on the daily breaks, and instead of fixing it we'll use that borked behavior to cause *even more chaos*. We'll see how forgetting a line of code (looking at you, autocorrect) can open up a hole for us to hack into, talk about 'hollywood' vulnerabilities that we can remotely typety-type into, and yeet ourselves into iOS by screwing with some binary code. We'll also be sharing lots of stupid memes, might accidentally blow up some virtual machines (that's why they're virtual, splash doesn't tolerate actual explosions i think), and might make a snack run if we're hungry. Come break things!!