Personalized #FF in a thread.
@WylieNewmark for bridging the Gap between cultural and political academia to operations.
@DrunkBinary for the constant onslaught of crowdsourced and community effort.
@hacks4pancakes and @jfslowik for the human side of ICS infosec.
@CharlesDardaman for being a malware reversing trooper and an awesome drinking buddy.
@HumanMalware for staying real and putting the warfare in cyber warfare.
@QW5kcmV3 for talking about tough subjects and being operator af.
@notdan for giving me the other perspective.
@oscaron for humility.
@DAkacki for being a human and a defender first, above all.
@Chazb0t for community effort.
@RobertMLee for being ICS sec philosopher.
@cnoanalysis for doing the ugly work with no recognition.
@mzbat for being a fed but speaking the truth despite it all.
@blackroomsec for flipping the bird to the haters, always.
@NicoleBeckwith for doing the thankless job with no hope for any thanks.
@mubix for community work and development.
@lorenzofb for being sus af.
@Bing_Chris for infosec reporting sans FUD.
@alexstamos for being obviously irreplaceable.
@mkr_ultra for giving me motivation when I didn't want it.
@MalwareTechBlog for being the community conspiracy.
@JohnHultquist for being a literal new con-man and doing it bravely.
@ItsReallyNick for making infosec sassy again.
@dotMudge for being infosec's OG but still being a light in the dark.
@chrissistrunk for being the guy who talks about stuff I'll never understand and teaching me always.
@mayahustle for being the Rompered Reverser.
@TheVega for leading threat Intel in a field that I didn't even know needed threat Intel.
@jckichen for being the real AI-ML guy in a space where that's a buzzword.
@BrianPKime for kicking ass in general.
@cybergibbons for the McAfee memes.
@da_667 because tanks.
@evacide for being the human face of an awesome org.
@GlytchTech for awesome work in hardware that always keeps me wishing I knew hardware.
@HydeNS33k for being the real life fem James Bond.
@infosec_samurai for putting philosophy back into infosec.
@krypt3ia for just being a cool dude.
@just_some_d00d for burning an ugly road and staying honest about it.
I stand upon the shoulders of Giants. This isn't even half of the ones I would like to mention but I'll add more as the night goes on.
@0xMatt for being an engineer in the realest sense and keeping us safe from the bleeding edge.
@malwareunicorn for putting fashion and Fab back in infosec.
@irongeek_adc for giving access to people who wouldn't have it otherwise.
@pwnallthethings for speaking truth to power.
@_r00k_ for incredible work in the community.
@SwiftOnSecurity because corn.
@livefromtheabys for some awesome and weird philosophical rants.
@uncl3dumby for telling me #everyDayIsLegDay
@Viss for being a hacker in the old school terminology.
@ComradeCookie for having the weirdest career path I know but being a true weeb samurai and SME in all things.
@__winn for being an inspiration in all things #Chyna .
@ErrataRob for legendary sass and sarcasm.
@zackwhittaker for also taking the FUD out of infosec reporting.

There are still more I'll remember later tonight. Stick with this thread.

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Daily Thread Bomb:

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