Introducing Neg9 Core

This week, we launched a new effort towards improving Neg9 called the Neg9 Core. Core is made of up several active members of Neg9 who have shown dedication and a desire to improve Neg9, who can work together to improve Neg9 organization and activity level.

Creating an inner group always has the potential to rub people the wrong way or make people feel alienated. However, our goal is honest so please read the whole description of the group and feel free to keep the conversation going if you have questions or concerns.

The Neg9 Core, initially proposed as a sort of "board of directors" for Neg9, is really just an organizational aid. Neg9 is and will always be a group made up of its members, largely run by the concepts of a meritocracy, but there are times when the ability to make an executive decision is necessary. Those who have tried to push for changes or activities, such as meetings, presence at conferences, etc., have often put ideas out to the general Neg9 public, where it is met with many varied opinions and inputs. While we will always encourage and value participation and discussion, frequently plans fail to materialize due only to organizational issues - too many cooks in the kitchen as they say. The purpose of the Neg9 Core is to solve these types of problems. Everybody will still be welcome to propose ideas and share input, but there is a need for a designated group of people to make the tough decisions necessary for action.

The current list of people that make up Neg9 Core should all be names that you recognize:
  • craSH
  • dYn4mic
  • meta
  • serif
  • Javantea
  • hex
  • tecknicaltom

That said, don't feel bad about not being in Core. The number of members is limited and based on involvement. It's about being able to dedicate time and effort towards bringing some organization to Neg9. Herding cats is the common idiom, but sometimes that doesn't seem to do it justice.

Finally, I know as a loyal Neg9 member, you're thinking: "how will this affect me?". You'll hopefully see a future where Neg9 is more active, with more meetings, informal get-togethers, an improved and better-defined Neg9 CTF team, and all around awesomer Neg9. The type of organization you'll be proud to say you're a member of! You'll still be asked for your opinions and be involved in steering Neg9's general direction, and you'll still be able to give as much as your time to Neg9 as you feel able to. But hopefully, that time will be better spent and more worthwhile with an improved Neg9.

We hope this is a change that everybody can get behind and support. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact any of the Core members off-list (check for PGP keys on

Posted on March 10, 2014, 8:35 p.m. by tecknicaltom

Our Donation to

If you're arriving here from welcome! If not you should go check out the project and come back - we'll wait.

I thought it'd be a good idea to write a post about why Neg9 donated/is donating to the project and to talk a bit about who we are and how you can get involved if you're so inclined.

I think this type of project is a great way to reward security researchers without forcing them to sell their exploits on the black market. This model allows interested parties (us) to donate to a project we care about. We can donate as much or as little as the solution is worth to us and if the pot gets big enough it may start to be worth a professional security researcher's time. I believe with our donation the pot will break $10,000, which is some fair scratch if I do say so myself.

I have faith in the model, because it's backed by some great folks of whom I respect and also selling vulns is a pain in the ass, honestly.

Jailbreaking iOS7 is hugely important, not only for hackers, but for builders, end users and people who care about freedom to do with the hardware and software they've purchased as they see fit.

The way hardware and software manufacturers have attempted to disallow us from running the software we want on the hardware we own is just plain wrong. It makes verifying the security of the software that does run on the device difficult, it stops innovation, and stifles choice. Like usual the EFF has done a much better job articulating why the DMCA needs to be fixed.

Who we are

Neg9 is a group of like-minded hackers, breakers, builders, and friends who like to share knowledge about breaking and building, meet up and drink beers, go to conferences and participate in a CTF or two.

If you're interested in joining we'd love to have you participate in our open hackers mailing list. On that list we frequently discuss all kinds of interesting computery topics that will probably interest you if you've read this far down.

If you want more information about us check out the about page or if you want to sign up for the mailing list check out the communicate page

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Posted on Dec. 25, 2013, 3:14 p.m. by spikey

Seattle Hack Night

See that area on the top right of the Neg9 website? As of the time of writing this, it has something it hasn't had in a while: a meeting. That's right! Neg9 is organizing a Hack Night in Seattle and you're invited. Click on the meeting link for all the details and we hope to see you there!

Posted on May 15, 2013, 5:11 p.m. by tecknicaltom


So somebody recently mentioned to me this new internet site called Facebook. It's kinda nifty. You should check it out if you haven't heard of it. Anyways, Neg9 has a page there now. Make sure to tag Neg9 in any photos/stories/mugshots you may have of us. And don't forget to like us. All the cool kids are.

Neg9 on Facebook

Posted on Aug. 7, 2012, 3:09 p.m. by tecknicaltom

Defcon 20

Neg9 members made a ruckus in Vegas this past weekend at Defcon 20. Overall, Neg9 scored a win in Hacker Jeopardy (three-way tie with zero points, but we had the best zero points of them all), a second place win in BroCTF (after ignoring the game all of Friday and Saturday and only playing for four hours on Sunday), lots of schnanigans and covering every surface possible with Neg9 stickers.

Thanks to all of the Defcon organizers and Goons for a great weekend. Watch this space for a more detailed writeup of the events once everybody sobers up.

Posted on Aug. 1, 2012, 5:40 p.m. by tecknicaltom