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Our Story

At HackHunter our mission is to make sure that WiFi is used for good. Because of our many years in the security industry we know that WiFi is inherently insecure. Even with new WiFi standards like WiFi 6, communications can still be hijacked or stopped using evil twins or person-in-the-middle attacks. We also know there’s no easy way to find the source of unauthorised or malicious WiFi so it can be dealt with. Until now.

Founded in March 2018, the brain-child of our CTO Mike Thompson, HackHunter brings together two of Mike’s greatest passions – cyber security and IoT. All brought to market through the pragmatism of our CEO, Tracie Thompson. 

Tracie and Mike are actively involved in the BSides Melbourne, CyRise, Startmate and SBE Australia communities.

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Meet the executive team

Tracie Thompson, CEO

Tracie has led HackHunter from idea through three accelerator programs to product launch. Previously she was co-owner and COO of a security consulting and software company, managing two successful business exits.  Tracie is also an industry and startup mentor, championing women in tech.

Mike Thompson, CTO

Mike is an IoT expert with over 25 years’ experience in information and cyber security. He has worked as a CISO, a security consultant to over 50 organisations and provided investigatory and advisory services at the highest levels in government across topics as diverse as biometrics and satellite surveillance systems.

Mair Swartz, Technical Lead

With a background in electronic engineering and over 20 years in IT, Mair has led teams at Dimension Data and Oakton Consulting. He is an expert in react and micro-controllers and generously shares his knowledge through his courses Learnesp32 and LVGL Academy, teaching students to write firmware.

Meet our advisors

Aprill and Matt Allen

Aprill and Matt are the co-founders of Pick and Shovel Ventures. Matt previously worked for AWS to help develop the Australian startup community and Aprill focuses on helping founders build and understand their knowledge bases so they can efficiently grow their customer support and success functions. Together they have 30 early investments in Australia, New Zealand and San Francisco.

Gilad Bakas

Gilad has over 20 years of experience in securing and breaking the security of anything from operating systems and browsers to embedded systems and hardware micro-controllers. Gilad was previously on the board of MazeBolt Security and he is a mentor at CyRise Cyber Security Accelerator.

Edward Farrell

Edward is the CEO of Mercury Information Security Services and is an experienced cyber security penetration tester. Edward teaches the WiFi security course in the Cyber Security Masters’ Program at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy and is very active in the cyber security community.

Our Journey

The HackHunter journey from launching in March 2018 to launching our first product, the Pursuit WiFi tracker, in 2020. March 2018 - HackHunter is founded by Tracie Thompson and Mike Thompson. April 2018 - First MVP prototype ready for testing. July 2018 - Selected for the Startmate Melbourne 2018 cohort. October 2018 - Graduated Startmate and selected for CyRise 2019 cohort. March 2019 - Selected for the SBE Australia 2019 tech program. April 2019 - Commenced ongoing trials with an ASX 50 company. May 2019 - Graduated from CyRise. July 2019 - Graduated from SBE Australia. August 2019 - Completed a field trial with an Australian government department. November 2019 - Completed a field trial with a retail food franchise. February 2020 - Received an AustCyber Project Fund grant. March 2020 - Mair Swartz joined the HackHunter team thanks to the AustCyber grant. June 2020 - First angel investments. July 2020 - Portable Tracker market-ready. September 2020 - First devices sent to the US for trial. September 2020 - Patent lodged for Portable Tracker. October 2020 - Our Portable Tracker is officially launched in Australia. May 2021 - Our Portable Tracker is officially launched in the US. Soon - Researching and developing detection and location capabilities for other wireless communications e.g. Bluetooth, SDR, WiFi HaLow
The HackHunter journey from launching in March 2018 to launching our first product, the Pursuit WiFi tracker, in 2020. March 2018 - HackHunter is founded by Tracie Thompson and Mike Thompson. April 2018 - First MVP prototype ready for testing. July 2018 - Selected for the Startmate Melbourne 2018 cohort. October 2018 - Graduated Startmate and selected for CyRise 2019 cohort. March 2019 - Selected for the SBE Australia 2019 tech program. April 2019 - Commenced ongoing trials with an ASX 50 company. May 2019 - Graduated from CyRise. July 2019 - Graduated from SBE Australia. August 2019 - Completed a field trial with an Australian government department. November 2019 - Completed a field trial with a retail food franchise. February 2020 - Received an AustCyber Project Fund grant. March 2020 - Mair Swartz joined the HackHunter team thanks to the AustCyber grant. June 2020 - First angel investments. July 2020 - Portable Tracker market-ready. September 2020 - First devices sent to the US for trial. September 2020 - Patent lodged for Portable Tracker. October 2020 - Our Portable Tracker is officially launched in Australia. May 2021 - Our Portable Tracker is officially launched in the US. Soon - Researching and developing detection and location capabilities for other wireless communications e.g. Bluetooth, SDR, WiFi HaLow

HackHunter in the media

Our CTO Mike Thompson speaks to Karissa Breen of the KBKast Podcast Karissa Breen of the KBKast all about HackHunter’s tech

In the “Spotlight on CyRise Teams Series, we were profiled for an in depth interview

Our CEO Tracie was interviewed on the Startups’ Roundtable podcast to share her insights.