Report: Legendary Hacker Kicked Out Of Conference For Alleged Sexual Assault Of Minors

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Legendary hacker John Draper is no longer allowed at Defcon, one of the premiere conventions in the industry, because accusations of sexual misconduct with minors from 1999 to 2007 surfaced Friday.

Draper, 74, would allegedly organize “private meetings” with fans of his, some of them being teenagers, and touch them in highly inappropriate ways and places, according to BuzzFeed News.

Called “energy” exercises or stretches, the meetings would be held in his hotel room, away from public view. One such example of improper behavior was Draper leaping on a man’s back in a sexual way by “rubbing his erect penis against him,” reports BuzzFeed News.

It apparently was a favorite tactic of Draper’s since multiple men have accused Draper of jumping on their backs as an advance, sometimes drunkenly.

Ethan Smith, the Los Angeles bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, corroborated those stories to BuzzFeed News.

With the nickname Cap’n Crunch, Draper was up until now widely celebrated in the hacking community, and even the larger tech realm, for his capabilities and history. He served two prison sentences for phone fraud in the mid and late 70’s after he helped establish phone phreaking — the world of hacking before  personal computers existed. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once said he didn’t think there could have been an Apple computer without an electronic simulation device invented by Draper.

He is still relevant and remembered today for his technological feats, as a new, upcoming autobiography has been endorsed by Steve Wozniak, the other co-founder of Apple.

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