Griffith — the subject of a profile in this weekend’s NY Times magazine — is the disruptive technologist behind WikiScanner who says that one of his missions in life is “to create minor public-relations disasters for companies and organizations I dislike.”
“The hacker high life — girls, notoriety, White Russians — can be hard to resist,” writes Virginia Heffernan. “Girls hang on Virgil Griffith. This is no exaggeration. At parties, they cling to the arms of the 25-year-old hacker whose reason for being, he says, is to ‘make the Internet a better and more interesting place.’ ” She’s witnessed the fandom and unusual drink choice first hand, and describes how at a recent tech conference, “Griffith, enjoying a White Russian that I first mistook for chocolate milk, reveled in the attention of his female fans. He smiled broadly. He seemed like a young Henry Kissinger, but sweet, or Arthur Fonzarelli, but not a dropout.” What do girls like more, his hacking skillz or cutey-pie dimples?