FOUNDER | HACKTHIS
Chris Haralson is a self-taught penetration tester who has a reputation for his ability to simplify and convert complex tasks into beginner-friendly InfoSec tutorials. Since founding HackThis in late 2012, Chris has released more than 50 video tutorials and has acquired an extensive fan base exceeding 12,000 YouTube subscribers. Chris attributes the success of HackThis and his YouTube channel to his free-information perspective and his unique how-to methodology, which he says is clearly demonstrated in the InfoSec community’s response to his channel.
In addition to managing HackThis, Chris has also contributed content to other community-driven projects such as the WiFi Pineapple project. Chris has authored written guides on the Pineapple Wiki and he’s contributed supporting projects to facilitate the use of community-developed Pineapple infusions. Members of the WiFi Pineapple community primarily recognize Chris for his unparalleled Pineapple tutorials; however, he is equally recognized and respected for his willingness to assist less experienced members of the community. Hak5 founder and Pineapple co-developer, Darren Kitchen, says, “HackThis pineapple tutorials are fantastic, very high quality and easy to follow along with.”
“Solving a problem is rewarding; but breaking a solution is fun.” Chris Haralson, HackThis
Chris believes that the best approach to problem solving is to use a combination of both linear and nonlinear thinking. He calls it his thinking formula, which is based on a simple concept – you cannot defend against a criminal hacker if you don’t possess the ability to think like a criminal hacker. It’s this concept that motivates Chris to constantly seek a common ground between black and white. “It’s a grey area. There’s no doubt about it. But there’s a fine line there that needs to be bent. And if I have to, I’ll bend it myself.” Chris argues that, from an educational standpoint, this is what people need. They need to learn offensive techniques before they can develop an effective defense strategy.
Projects & Milestones
Oct. 2012 to present
April 2014 to present