I am ThePatRatt. I spent more than a decade as a hacker, social engineer and script kiddie. I designed web sites, graphics and signage as well over that time period. I am dedicated to cybersecurity now and have long since ended my career as a black hat. Now I want to stop people like I used to be. I also want to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention because I suffer from a mental illness. In August of 2018, I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder and PTSD. However, that diagnosis later changed after I realized I actually suffered symptoms of psychosis. Now my official diagnosis is SchizoAffective disorder bipolar type.
SchizoAffective disorder is a combination of a thought and mood disorder. It is a more severe illness than bipolar disorder but not as severe as schizophrenia. I suffer from psychosis, which means I do have symptoms you would find in schizophrenia. But schizophrenia is a thought disorder alone, without the presence of depression or mania.
Now I am dedicating my life to bringing awareness to mental health, the stigma attached to it, and suicide prevention. In 2012, I attempted to take my own life. I was overcome with grief over the loss of my daughter, so I put a shotgun to my forehead. Fortunately, I was able to talk myself down and decided to just survive instead. Everyday I hoped it would get better and I would find answers. Now that I have been diagnosed and am in treatment, I finally have the answers I was searching for.
A recovering PC addict turned Apple junkie, I began my career 18 years ago with a degree in E-Commerce Web Programming and Design. I was introduced to Information Security while briefly working for a civilian contractor with the FAA. After a 12-year career in graphic design, my passion for cybersecurity was reignited after exposure from the T-Mobile and Equifax data breaches. When it comes to computers, I am a “jack of all trades, master of none” with experience in PC, Mac and Linux. Having spent more than a decade as a hacker, I have experience in Cyber attacks, Pretexting and Social Engineering tactics.
I am now a regular contributor for United States Cybersecurity Magazine, writing cybersecurity articles for their daily publication. I am now working towards building a career in Cyber and Information Security. I am also a product tester performing reviews of Raspberry Pi accessories and equipment.
I am a Hacker. I am a Social Engineer. I am a Script Kiddie. I am a Graphic Designer. I am a Computer Technician. I am a Programmer. I suffer from Mental Illness.
I am a Suvivor.
I am ThePatRatt. The Bipolar Hacker