Is WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange the author of a nerdy 1995 rap about a rival geek?
Mother Jones' Dave Gilson says yes. Gilson reported Thursday on a "nerdy, profane, and homophobic rhyme about a rival digital security geek," that he claims Assange wrote 15 years ago in a forum at seclists.org, a once-popular computer security Web site. The post is listed as being from "proff () suburbia apana org au (Julian Assange)," an address associated on a variety of sites with the Australian native, according to a Google search. Gilson did not explain whether or how he confirmed the provenance of the rap.
The 17-couplet "Dan Farmer Rap" (below) refers to an American security researcher of the same name and, true to form, it received mixed reviews. The lyrics -- which contain sexual innuendo in the form of hacking references -- were criticized as puerile, with users calling the original poster "a bigoted ass," and asking to "keep this kind of crap out of the list."
With one family-site edit and without further ado, "The Dan Farmer Rap:"
I'm Dan Farmer, you can't fool me -
the only security consultant to be on MTV.
I've got long red hair - hey hands off man!
don't touch the locks of the mighty Dan.
AC/DC - from the front or from behind,
you can **** my arse but you can't touch my mind.
philosophy's the trip - evil 'n' stuff,
god, we know a lot, Mike me and Muff.
A real ardent feminist - just like she tells me to be,
see me out there rooting for sexual e-qual-ity.
I'm a computer spy - gosh thats soo cool!
here let me show you mah security tool.
Perhaps you've heard of it? Its called SAY-TAN
And it can turn any hacker into a real man!
It's so clever it can penetrate any inter-net-site,
you see against my SAY-TAN they just can't fight.
Its slick its clean. what? no! it ain't no bomb!
I've been told it does quite well for fish dot com.
Yes, more than just attack, its has pretty icons too!
So your average 14 year old - he knows what to do!
Written in in perl5 - a language so fast and so clean.
Hhat? Well see here, at least it is is on MY machine.
No back door! really only one little mistake -
but those CERT bastards won't give bi-sex-uals a break.
SGI? Their discrimination it makes me want to explode.
No, its a lie! Who told you it was because I couldn't cut code?
Weitse Venema? Umm, No, never heard of him. hang on,
yes I have some recollection but its extremely dim...
He's a guy from the Netherlands - but he wasn't right,
from behind those Norwegians are way too tight.
I coded it all - yes the mighty Dan did it alone,
if you don't believe it, you and your note pad can fuck off home.
I'm Dan Farmer - now take that down - its not every
day you get to interview the worlds biggest security clown.