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Vinnie joined Hack Forums on December 14th, 2010. His passion for computers, particularly in network security, as well as his background from the Darkode community brought him to the forums. He initially left after his registration, but came back to Hack Forums with his cousin Kohsti in the year 2012. The two began assisting other forum members with RATs and botnets to gain reputation and notoriety on the forum. A member in the name of Gold got Vinnie and Kohsti involved in a RAT Help Desk operated by the Illuminati group, giving them a significant boost to their credibility. The three of them upgraded to L33t after some time.
Using the knowledge learned from RATting other users, Vinnie and Kohsti amassed a great deal of wealth setting up other members' RATs and encrypting their clients for further usage. Vinnie applied for and was accepted to Respawn, his first group on HF, where bugga noticed his skills and invited him to Propitious. Vinnie became a regular user in BELLAGIO's "Parlaying" TinyChat room, where he befriended many other Hack Forums users and gained a notable reputation as a friendly and intelligent member. BELLAGIO subsequently invited him to Illuminati, having been impressed with Vinnie's intelligence and personality. Similar to their L33t upgrade, Vinnie and Kohsti simultaneously upgraded to Ub3r and celebrated by giving each other +3 reps.
Vinnie eventually became a leader of Illuminati after bugga departed from the group. When BELLAGIO expressed his intent to sell the group, Vinnie intervened and purchased the group from him alongside Anonymous. The two became co-owners of the group, and developed several products that generated a significant amount of revenue for the pair. Seeing his potential, Vinnie partnered with Anonymous to purchase Legion, then known as The Corporation which was owned by the user Tibit.
BELLAGIO wanted to sell Illuminati, so I ended up asking Anonymous to partner up with me. He was a nobody at the time, but accepted the offer and we went 50/50 on Illuminati. Anonymous was the owner of the group, and I led the group fully. We had the Illuminati and Legion stresser, giving us $8,000 per week.
Although Vinnie's background was in black hat hacking, Legion became a grey hat group as a result of Omniscient's ban on black hat discussion and activity. This put them at odds with Root, a similar like-minded hacking group. There was significant enmity between members of both groups and tensions rose over time. Just over one month after the Legion was founded, the payment database for member upgrades was compromised and the personal information of thousands of members became public. The information was allegedly compromised with the intent of revealing the details of Legion members in specific. In response, Omniscient deleted the Root group and closed the accounts of the group's owner, Castle Bravo, as well as two leaders of Root, Who? and Starfall.
Among Vinnie's friends on Hack Forums was Judge Dredd, then an administrator. Judge Dredd accidentally repkilled Vinnie without any apparent reason. In response, Vinnie compromised the accounts of various forum members including Tibit, mad, and bugga. His mind was clouded with anger and fury as he also leaked personal conversations between him and Judge Dredd, as well as other notable members, which also revealed his hacks on many other accounts besides those already mentioned. The details of the leaked conversations revealed evidence of apparent malfeasance on Judge Dredd's end. Legitimate or not, Judge Dredd resigned from his administrative position on good terms with Omniscient, but was retained as Staff and was given the Complexity user group.
Vinnie sold his half of Illuminati back to Anonymous, and purchased WiFi Gang, which he effectively changed to Legacy. The group was paid for by one of Vinnie's customers, paying him and the user Apple J4ck over $137,000 for a series of jobs. Its purpose as a gaming group remained across all its versions, with the sole exception of The Lannisters, later taking the form of Instinct and Nightfall. Vinnie later purchased The Alliance and changed it to Null, alongside T3h Hack3r and Shanks.
In December of 2014, Vinnie was arrested for alleged implications in the LizardSquad hacks across the world and for PayPal fraud. Both of the charges were dropped due to the lack of evidence against him, however.
At the end of the road, Omniscient has kindly asked Vinnie to leave the forum due to his previous involvement with the Darkode community and his drama with Understalker for his and the forum's safety.
- Former Owner of Instinct
- Former Owner of Legacy
- Former Owner of Lannisters
- Former Owner of Nightfall
- Former Leader of L'appel du vide
- Former Leader of Legion
- Former Leader of Illuminati
- Former Leader of Null
- Former Leader of Specialists
Contributions, Trivia, and Personal Interests
- Remote Administration Tools
- Website and Forum Hacking