blackhat for life

June 27, 2006

Eyeballing Rob Levin

Filed under: bantown, internet — antisec @ 7:44 pm

[posted to the Full-Disclosure mailing list]

Odds are you’ve at least heard of Rob Levin (aka lilo), the director of Texas 501(3)(c) corporation Peer-Directed Projects Center. He’s been aptly mentioned in the Register as a “professional online beggar” and the incompetence with which he runs the Freenode IRC network has been aired many a time on popular blogs like Slashdot. In the past week, a group of hackers took over the Freenode IRC network by sniffing lilo’s *@*-bound oper block password off the wire, a gaping security issue that could have been resolved via many different means– an SSL port on a single freenode server for lilo to use, lilo sshing to a server and IRCing from localhost, or the binding of his oper block to his home host. This was proof enough for me that lilo is an idiot that wasn’t capable of running an IRC for a small group of friends, much less one hosting hundreds of open-source projects.

But what of lilo himself? Is he really this benevolent, though sometimes incompetent dictator he makes himself out to be? After the Freenode fiasco, I decided to poke around lilo’s personal life and get a glimpse of his character. The results are quite hilarious.

Everyone knows lilo lives in a trailer. He flaunts his existence as white trash with glee and twisted pride, playing the part of a martyr for the cause of open source software. He constantly talks about how poor and beaten down he is, despite having the leisure time to spend eleven hours a day chatting on the Internet. The address listed on the domain is indeed a trailer. Some quick poking around the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts shows the truth. That address is an office to which the business is registered, and the registered agent is Robert Levin of 9212 Burdine St, an apartment building in Houston.

For a man who claims to be such a martyr for open source development he has done almost nothing to advance it. He has never made any notable commits to open source projects. He has done almost nothing at all. The man is in his fifties and has nothing notable on his resume — a long history of manual labor and office tasks for monkeys. The truth about Rob is that he cannot code. His support of open source is limited to idly chatting away on IRC.

Rob and his wife both suck at the teat of the federal government by collecting disability. They both claim to have ADHD so intense that it prohibits them from holding a job. During the day, they go to the PDPC trailer to chat on IRC and answer phonecalls. Two disability checks and PDPC donations add up. Enough to pay for not only a reasonable apartment and the PDPC trailer, but for a Hispanic nanny to take care of their son and clean their house during the day (I would cite her name, address, and phone number but I do not feel it fitting that he should be harassed). Not only do they not feel it fitting to work at any task whatsoever, but they can’t even raise their child and clean up for themselves.

Personally I have supported open source with my blood, sweat, and tears. I work at least forty hours a week in a cubicle much smaller than Rob Levin’s trailer and go home to spend several more hours coding for projects that I feel are worthwhile. I do this not for personal gain, but to fight against a system of intellectual property law which I find overzealously rewards the rich and powerful. I’m not going to mention my name, but a good many of you know it. I’ve put commits into major operating systems and household name daemons.

Lilo is a fraud. He is a huckster that steals money that could be going to legitimate open source development. There are countless programmers with real, valuable talent who choose to work hard for the greater good rather than spending all their time selling their talents to the highest bidder. Lilo has no talent and epitomizes the kind of vile, undisciplined leech that I spend my time working against.

To the FOSS world: Do yourselves a favor and move to EFnet, Undernet, OFTC, anything but Freenode. EFnet now has chanfix and has not been a lawless packeteer playground for several years. The days of channel wars on EFnet are over. It also handles three times the traffic of Freenode without major incident.

Don’t believe me about Rob Levin? I pulled all his information from public record in the past twenty-four hours. Poke around his life and see for yourself:

Rob’s federal employer identification number is 74-3033697
The address officially listed for pdpc is 10100 main street #31 houson tx 77025.
Phone number for pdpc officially listed is 713-589-5863.
Rob’s ssn is 462 13 0351.
PDPC’s 11-digit texas state taxpayer number 32004514421
Rob’s apartment is at 9212 BURDINE ST. #1005 HOUSTON, TX 77096.
12-16-1955 is Rob’s birthday



  1. Lulz…

    Reminds me of a certain wookie named emmanuel. A complete fscking leech.

    Comment by openfly — July 17, 2006 @ 9:23 am

  2. antisec, great post!

    Comment by asdf — January 19, 2007 @ 3:39 am

  3. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation πŸ™‚ Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Brown.

    Comment by Brown — June 19, 2008 @ 4:52 am



    Comment by FFFF — July 10, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

  5. Poor, poor Rob.

    Poor Rob.


    Comment by Ted — July 10, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

  6. Fail. You people must have no life. I hope the FBI bashes down your door, and ties your ass to the rear of their car and that they DRAG YOU that way all the way to court and then to JAIL.

    Comment by Shadow — July 11, 2009 @ 12:57 am

  7. amazing blog. Good job on ImageShack. My group will be famous too soon.

    Comment by GhostInYourShell — July 11, 2009 @ 6:04 am

  8. Ha you guys are really pathetic, and your goals even more so.
    Because of your actions you’ve probably just earnt more enemies than supporters; what out the script kiddies of the world (not me btw) are after you.

    Guess what me thinks I’m going to set up a security related blog.


    Comment by Sez — July 11, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

  9. “Through the….full elimination of all supporters of full-disclosure”

    You know that IS terrorism, you are no different than the taliban of the world.

    Comment by Sez — July 11, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

    • hehe fuck off !!!

      Comment by lol — July 12, 2009 @ 7:07 am

  10. You’re fucking my non-profitable PERSONAL blog

    Comment by Don Otto MΓ‘s — July 11, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

  11. Wow… how did you get the guy’s social security number?

    I’m not from the US, but I thought social security numbers are like some sort of secret number you’re supposed to keep

    Comment by Regina — July 11, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

  12. You’ve convinced me to pull out of Freenode. Nice work on the expose.

    Comment by Gregory — July 11, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

  13. I’ve reported this to the Philippine Authorities. I asked them that this be tracked down and you blog owner get arrested (with the help of the US Government).

    Comment by FFFF — July 12, 2009 @ 12:08 am

  14. FFFF is an example on how not to troll, cry more.

    Comment by con — July 12, 2009 @ 2:13 am

  15. nice crew, nice philosophy, nice blog !

    Comment by MFox — July 12, 2009 @ 7:09 am

  16. I agree completely.

    Comment by Dingo — July 15, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  17. Not cool.

    Comment by UNION — July 27, 2009 @ 1:37 am

  18. lulz antis3c

    Comment by breaka1 — August 20, 2009 @ 6:42 am

  19. hmm, I’m kind of curious about all this. As much as the guy is ignorant, or bad with security, etc, why wtfpwn him? why not try to get him to listen or be more careful, or something?

    Isn’t this kind of like shooting someone and telling them at the same time not to steal, which, can tend to kill the person you shot, not really helping them to not steal?

    I’m not angry about what you’ve done or whatever, but you know, just wondering.

    Comment by hackertobe — September 3, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

  20. FYI, Robert Levin died in a bicycle accident several years ago and consequently PDPC and Freenode are no longer run by Robert Levin.

    Comment by udon — December 14, 2009 @ 4:57 am

  21. Robert Levin, spokesperson for “Why you should wear a helmet”.

    Good riddance to bad garbage. Too bad he couldn’t take Christel and mquinn with him.

    Comment by GHAH — January 30, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

  22. You guys are nothing more than a bunch of pussies with no lifes. Too busy sucking each others dicks.

    Why don’t you come up with real proof instead of just making accusations. And throwing bots and making dumbarses makes you no different than script kiddies. That’s really all you guys are. Grow the fuck up and get a damn fucking life. Oh wait you don’t have no lifes. Because too busy wasting it on writing crappy bots to flood freenode. Nice one. Yeah right >.>

    Comment by blah — February 1, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

  23. Fucking, amazing.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 3, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

  24. LOL! It’s hilarious listening to all of these butthurt losers BAWWWWWING and making empty threats. Makes them feel important even though they could die tomorrow and no one would give a shit.
    Good job on Freenode. Stupid fuckers deserve it if they don’t know how to implement simple security.

    Comment by AnonRox — March 6, 2010 @ 4:44 am

  25. ah there’s nothing like good ol’ anarchism – nice

    Comment by Anonymouse — December 1, 2010 @ 7:59 am

  26. Much respect for anyone who gets Levin’s social security statement from the govt.

    Comment by Anon — December 1, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

  27. fuck freenode

    Comment by lol — April 24, 2013 @ 9:26 am

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    Comment by cervantescooper136 — April 8, 2016 @ 5:36 am

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