Fast Company today announced its 10th annual list of the Most
Creative People in Business, honoring an influential and diverse
group of 100 leaders from a vast range of global industries including
tech, design, entertainment, health care, media, government, nonprofit,
finance, food, and more.
The Most Creative People in Business list recognizes individuals whose
work might not necessarily be quantifiable by numbers, but who are
nonetheless having a measurable impact on the world. These scientists,
executives, programmers, comedians, founders, designers, musicians,
writers, and activists have accomplished something new this year within
their field that’s driving their industries forward and solving global
and societal problems in novel ways.
This year’s group represents Fast Company’s hallmark of
diversity: 52 are women, 48 are men, with more than 25 hailing from
outside the United States, and nearly one-third are people of color.
“I am honored to be included in such an impressive list of creative
individuals, and it’s incredibly gratifying to have White Ops recognized
for the work we’re doing,” said Hassan. “Since my co-founders and I
began this fight in 2012, our goal has been to preserve the integrity of
the Internet from the malicious bots that spread malware and propagate
various forms of cybercrime. And this fight is winnable—the takedown of
3ve proved that. I’m encouraged by the collaborative nature of that
effort, and I’m looking forward to expanding our efforts even further
across the web.”
On November 27, 2018, White Ops unveiled
that it had dismantled 3ve,
one of the most sophisticated ad fraud operations to date in
collaboration with the FBI, Google, and other key partners. 3ve had
infected at minimum 1.7 million computers at any given time,
counterfeited more than 10,000 websites, and generated between 3 to 12
billion requests per day to sell fake online advertising. Hassan led the
3ve project from start to finish and is credited with being the lynchpin
of the global consortium. Twenty of the largest companies in ad tech,
security, and internet infrastructure worked with the FBI in the largest
private sector collaboration in the bureau’s history. The takedown set a
new standard for future collaborative efforts.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York
announced criminal charges associated with perpetrators behind 3ve.
Charges were also brought against perpetrators behind Methbot, an
operation uncovered by White Ops in 2016.
Hassan was appointed to Chief Executive Officer by White Ops’ Board of
Directors in April 2019. Hassan, who had served as Chief Technology
Officer since co-founding White Ops in 2012, has successfully scaled
White Ops technology to support many of the Internet’s largest platforms
while aggressively pursuing the most sophisticated and malicious bot
threats. Prior to White Ops, Hassan was the founder and CEO of Compel
Data Technologies Inc., a software development and consulting company.
He also served as a Major in the U.S. Air Force where he was a decorated
officer who completed multiple combat deployments in Iraq and
Afghanistan as a Combat Search and Rescue helicopter pilot.
Fast Company editors and writers spend a year researching
candidates for the list, scouting every sector of business: technology,
fashion, cybersecurity, biotech, entertainment, beauty, social good,
food, data, consumer goods, and more. The people selected have all
accomplished something truly innovative within the past 12 months or so
that is having a meaningful effect within their industries. They’re also
discoveries — none has ever been profiled in Fast Company
before. Taken together, they represent where business is heading right
“This year’s edition acknowledges society’s increasingly fraught
relationship with technology. It is light on people inventing new apps
to sell us more stuff—and mine our personal information—and heavier on
leaders trying to protect consumers and companies from unscrupulous
actors online,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.
To see the complete list go to: fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/2019
Introduced in 2009, the Most Creative People list was quickly
established as one of Fast Company’s most esteemed franchises.
Each year, the magazine’s editors present an all-new list of 100 people
chosen according to a proprietary methodology.
Fast Company‘s Most Creative People in Business issue
(Summer 2019) is available online now at fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/2019
and on newsstands beginning June 4. Join the Most Creative People
conversation using #FCMostCreative.
ABOUT FAST COMPANY
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ABOUT WHITE OPS
White Ops is a cybersecurity company that protects the Internet from
malicious bot activity. Globally, software-as-a-service from White Ops
determines the validity of nearly 100 billion transactions per day on
behalf of over 200 customers. Our proactive adaptation, Internet-scale,
and multi-layered methodology have made us the platform of choice for
some of the largest and most forward-thinking platforms and brands. For
more information, visit www.whiteops.com.