Many Hats Club founder announces closure – spelling end for podcast, conference, Discord community

The infosec community additionally raised $55,000 for charities and nonprofits

The Many Hats Club (TMHC), the infosec non-profit that produces well-liked podcasts and conferences alongside a Discord community, is to disband as of immediately (June 29).

Announced on Twitter yesterday by London-based co-founder Stuart Peck, the information spells the end of the TMHC’s podcast, weblog, IsolationCon convention, devoted server for security research collaboration, and Discord channels overlaying subjects resembling malware reversing, OSINT, and social engineering.

Having based the community with ‘@buydogs’ in 2017, Peck, director of cyber technique at ZeroDayLab, tells The Daily Swig that he didn’t take the choice “calmly” having seen the community obtain “so many optimistic issues that I’m extraordinarily pleased with.

“Like numerous communities they rise rapidly and generally fall, though we had been rising there have been some challenges internally that result in numerous stress for these concerned working the community. This stemmed from the pandemic and working so many events, conferences, and podcasts and so forth.

“So, I made a decision that it was time to end this chapter of the community and let others take what we had finished, the teachings, the ethos and convey this to different communities and/or develop their very own.

He provides: “This has been probably the greatest experiences of my profession and would do it once more, albeit otherwise sooner or later.”

Stellar friends

Peck says TMHC was born of a need to “take our dialog off Twitter and speak infosec in additional element. We had been one of many early infosec communities on Discord and the primary to acquire accomplice standing. So basically, we had been studying as we grew.”

This progress peaked at a ten,000-strong worldwide membership with 3,000 on-line at any time, says Peck.

The TMHC podcast, which Peck hosted, ran for 95 episodes and featured stellar friends resembling Jack Rhysider, Mikko Hyppönen, and John McAFee, who died last week.

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IsolationCon, which ran for two years, featured talks related to crimson, blue, and purple safety groups. It additionally included a capture-the-flag (CTF) competitors, with entry charges donated charity.


Peck mentioned he had acquired a whole lot “of messages from members saying they attribute their first job or success to TMHC” after asserting the disbandment. 

Responding on Twitter, one member, a safety supervisor and emergency medical responder, said: “Thanks for the time and alternatives I’ve been given within the server. So much [of] TMHC members have little doubt helped me in additional methods [than] I may care to confess and have met some unimaginable individuals I may simply name mates.”

The community’s legacy, Peck mentioned, facilities on “the best way we helped our personal community”, the conferences, and the “$55,000 raised for Doctors Without Borders, Child’s Play, The Diana Initiative, ILF, and so forth”.

He additionally thanked TMHC’s mods and admins previous and current.

The ConINT convention, which TMHC co-organized, the V3nari OSINT VM undertaking, and, in read-only mode for a short while, community Discord server, will survive tonight’s shutdown, which is being marked with a celebration.

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