About Joachim De Zutter

So... that's me, Joachim De Zutter, born in 1983.

I have been programming computers since I was a teenager, starting with QBasic, x86 assembly language and Turbo Pascal. Back then I self-educated myself programming by reading online tutorials such as the ones written by a man named Granth Smith a.k.a. Denthor of the ASPHYXIA demo team.

Sometimes I use my knowledge of assembly language to reverse engineer software.

I developed software to remove the Burneye encryption from ELF binaries: a snippet of my source code was explained in the second edition of the book Hacker Disassembling Uncovered by Kris Kaspersky. Various other (malware forensics) books also refer to this software.

During my student years, I was invited to be a speaker at the H2HC security conference in São Paulo, Brazil. There I presented among other things proof of concept code to monitor Windows DLLs by static code injection. A presentation of mine was also accepted at the The Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan) held in Singapore, where I presented a method for improving software bug detection using a virtual machine-fuzzer code coverage feedback loop. There I had the honor of meeting Matt Conover who was a member of the core research group of Symantec and Barnaby Jack and Marc Maiffret of eEye Digital Security. A presentation of mine was also accepted for the DEF CON security convention held in Las Vegas, but I decided not to go. I co-authored a presentation given by a friend at the IT Underground security conference in Warsaw, Poland.

While I was a university student I joined the Zeus computer science working group, as I already knew a few students from University College Ghent that were part of that working group. After it was apparently decided the group was exclusively for Ghent University students, I decided to leave the working group.

After receiving my general secondary education diploma, I obtained a master's degree in computer science at the university of Ghent, with specialization in information and communication technology (ICT). In Belgium, Civil Engineer (in Dutch: Burgerlijk Ingenieur, abbreviated ir.) is a legally protected title granted to people who obtained such a degree. At the university most of my software engineering courses required practice in the Java programming language. My master's thesis examined two-layered speech recognition with phonetic syllables as intermediary units based on the SPRAAK open source speech recognition package developed at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

In 2012 I started working at Verint, a company listed on the NASDAQ.

I can be found on LinkedIn by everyone and on Facebook by friends of friends. I'm on Twitter. I also created a YouTube channel with my favourite music videos.