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The Barnaby Jack Few Knew: Celebrated Hacker Saw Spotlight as 'Necessary Evil'

When celebrated computer hacker Barnaby Jack died suddenly a year ago at the age of 35, headlines around the world touted the Steve Jobs-style pizazz he brought to cyber-security conferences and his show-stopping stunts such as breaking into ATMs and pacemakers. In hacker circles, he was known as the life of the party.

But recent interviews with Jack's family and longtime friends portray a much different person, one who was uncomfortable with being in the spotlight at the annual Black Hat and DefCon conventions, events that will miss his showmanship when they begin next week in Las Vegas.