Darren Kitchen (born 11 February, 1983) is best known as the creator of Hak5 which he currently hosts with Shannon Morse. Darren has been exploring underground scenes since his first 1200 baud modem. He first found technolust after writing a BBS dialer in BASIC on a PC-XT. Since then he has made a career of his self-taught tech skills in the field of Systems Administration. After founding Hak5 in 2005 he has become fascinated with new media. Darren also pwns you in Unreal Tournament.
Until early 2010, the podcast was hosted out of his home near Williamsburg, Virginia, nicknamed "the hakhouse".
Move to San Francisco
In early 2010, Darren went on vacation to Europe and returned to find that he and some co-workers were laid off from his "real job". Darren started selling off his belongings on Craigslist and will be taking a several-week-long road trip across the country on his motorcycle. He will move to San Francisco and concentrate on making podcasts.
- It was announced that Hak5 would be joining Revision3 right before a live Diggnation in Brooklyn back in June 2008. Darren and the rest of the Hak5 crew were present. Brian Brushwood performed that same night and his performance became the Special Edition: Brian's Bizarre New York Magic Show (Part 1) and Special Edition: Brian's Bizarre New York Magic Show (Part 2) episodes of Scam School.
- He was spotted in the chat room of BBLiveShow at least once and called in via Skype in Sam Schoo, but didn't make a guest appearance until the Internet Celebrity Fight Club episode of NSFW, less than a week after Brian performed his show near Darren's Virginia home and they met up. In the episode, Darren ended up beating Colleen Kelly.