I never thought that one day I would have to report the death of Adrian, but I knew that he wouldn't have wanted a stranger to do it.
Adrian was more than a son to me, he was my friend, my confidant, my inspiration. I called him last February 20th for his 37th birthday without knowing that 20 days later he would be gone from this earth. We made plans to meet in the summer, he sounded cheerful and full of wit as he always was. Adrian had struggled with depression and anxiety for a great part of his life, but I was happy to hear that he was doing well, writing and responding to questions about security and personal issues from people all over the world.
From an early age it was clear that he was a very special child. Adrian was fascinated by the stories I told him. I was surprised when as a tender two-year-old he told me: "Mario, if you are my dream, I don't want to wake up."
Years later, Adrian would become a very talented writer and hacker.
He shared with me and with reporters many of his hacks when he was around 20 years old. One day, a company pressed charges and as a result the FBI came looking for him at our home in California. They told my wife they had an arrest warrant for Adrian and that he needed to come out of the house to give himself up. We told them he wasn’t at the house but they still wanted to come in. My wife told them to bring a search warrant first. They had the house under siege for three days. Adrian was in LA at that time with a film crew that was doing a documentary about him. He surrendered later that week to the marshals in Sacramento. He had hacked the NYT.
In this obituary from the same NYT that he hacked you will find a small part of his story...
These funds will be used for his funeral arrangements and memorial. I am his father, Mario Lamo, and will be managing them for this purpose. In the case of any surplus, a scholarship fund will be established for Adrian's 19-year-old sister, Andrea.
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