1. Mark Zbikowski and WSU?

posted Sep 15, 2010, 6:15 PM by Jeff Ogden   [ updated Dec 25, 2011, 9:04 PM ]
The following item is from http://www.hacker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2159&sid=cd5277dd8bebb99521c66eb49c80cccb:

Mark Zbikowski — In his senior year at Roeper, c. 1973/4, Zbikowski became known as one of the earliest computer crackers, after cracking the security system on Wayne State University's MTS (Michigan Terminal System, developed at University of Michigan) mainframe for his own amusement. According to Zbikowski, when he offered to show the university how to fix the security leak, university officials threatened prosecution and offered him a job during the same meeting.

Mark went on to Harvard and joined Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer at Microsoft.  From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zbikowski:

Mark Zbikowski (born March 21 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former Microsoft Architect and one of the first computer hackers. He started working at the company only a few years after its inception, leading efforts in MS-DOS, OS/2, Cairo and Windows NT. In 2006 he was honored for 25 years of service with the company, the first employee to reach this milestone other than Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

This all sounds as if it might be true, but I don't really have any facts to go on. Can anyone confirm or provide details?

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