The Grugq

Cyber Security Pioneer

Counter Forensics


Track 1


August 25



Thaddeus Grugq (thegrugq) has been a cybersecurity pioneer for over two decades. His early work created the field of counter forensics. Grugq was actively involved in the information warfare campaign of 2016. More recently he has been managing The Glasshouse Center, a cyber strategy and policy forum examining the nature of cyber conflict. Grugq has been quoted on cybersecurity in The Washington Post, The New York Times, BBC, Vice News, and numerous other news media.

The Grugq’s work is taught in college courses. It has been cited extensively in journals, articles, think tank papers, and government reports. Grugq’s writing is available across multiple sites:,,, and Phrack Magazine issues #58 #59, and #62.