Infamous hacker Adrian Lamo has died at 37. Friday, his father Mario made the news public in a Facebook group:
"With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian's friends and acquittances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son."
Andres, another family member, has also posted about Adrian's death. The Sedgwick County coroner confirmed to ZDnet that Lamo had died but offered no other information. Lamo was living in Sedgwick County at the time of his tragic, early demise. At this point in time, there is no information available about how exactly Lamo died.
According to a neighbor who found him, he had been dead for some time when he was discovered. Lamo, a Colombian-American hacker lived in Wichita. His first brush with fame (or infamy, rather) was in the early 2000's when he was convicted for hacking into computer systems for The New York Times, Microsoft and Yahoo. Lamo was also involved in helping whistleblower Chelsea Manning share information. Lamo had become friends with Manning and Lamo was informed by Manning of how she had downloaded classified files and burned them to a disk.
Lamo and two friends in military intelligence actually blew the whistle on the whistleblower. This led to Manning's arrest and sentencing to 35 years in prison. Later her sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama and last year she was released. In an interview in 2011, Lamo claimed the actions still caused him "lasting regret."