Ex-hacker Eric Taylor is working to help manage data centers


Ex-hacker Eric Taylor, also known as CosmoTheGod, and another infosec name, Bryant Townsend have colorful pasts. Most recently Taylor stole the social security and personal records of a number of high-ranking Obama administration officials, posting it on a site called exposed.su. Townsend, for his part, was caught up in a denial of service hack that led back to his former DDoS mitigation company. Now Taylor, Townsend, and CTO Marshal Webb are back to help maintain data centers using decentralized monitoring tools.

The project, called Path, uses a “transparent” piece of software to watch various servers. Users pay for the system with a Path Token. This allows data centers to have a wider understanding of the outside issues effecting their data throughput.

“Our monitoring nodes…

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