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Lance James is an American computer scientist, considered an expert on computer security techniques such as anti-phishing. He has been quoted on the subject in multiple media outlets, including CBC, CNN, the BBC, the David Lawrence Show, ZDNet, Wired News, CSO, USA Today, Fox News, and the Washington Post.
He was born in 1978 in Wenatchee, Washington. His father was a Marine, and his mother was a diplomat working in the Canadian foreign service. His maternal grandfather Eric Maughan, is notable for being a centenarian, having turned 100 on August 31, 2005.
Because of his father's career, the family moved often, and James attended multiple high schools, from North Carolina to Burnaby North Secondary School, in Burnaby, British Columbia (the same school from which Michael J. Fox graduated), and Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Washington, from where he graduated. His first career was as a musician. He studied violin under Sherry Kloss, and then played jazz flamenco music in various locations in San Diego, with the band "Gatos Papacitos," playing violin and occasionally keyboards. At one point he was managed by Marcus Breaux ("Chance Styles"), until Breaux's untimely death.
In October 2001, James founded invisiblenet.net, a distributed cryptographic framework for the internet for anonymity and privacy.
In 2003, James founded "Secure Science Corporation", where he is currently CTO. SSC provides intelligence-based services and products for computer forensics and anti-phishing applications, providing intelligence to major financial institutions and government agencies.
James has been a keynote speaker at Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force meetings, and several major universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison's "Takedown" conference, in 2005, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, and Cal State Poly. He also speaks to several law enforcement, regulatory, and intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, Anti-Phishing Working Group, Digital-Phishnet, UNAM-CERT, HTCIA Hong Kong, SANS, BIT, and testifies as an expert witness in U.S. Congressional Hearings.
James was married in 2002, and lives with his wife and children in San Diego.