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Background information
Birth nameBryce Case Jr.
Also known asYTCracker
Born (1982-08-23) August 23, 1982 (age 36)
OriginLa Mirada, California,[1] United States
GenresNerdcore hip hop
Years active1997–present
LabelsColorado Beach, Nerdy South Records

Bryce Case Jr. (born August 23, 1982), otherwise known as YTCracker (pronounced "whitey cracker"), is a "former" cracker most known for defacing the webpages of several federal and municipal government websites in the United States, as well as several in private industry at the age of 17. Case later became known for his work as a nerdcore hip hop artist.



Case was born in La Mirada, California, United States.[1]

He has stated in interviews that he was exposed to computers by his father and mother, learning to program BASIC from age 4. From there, his father taught him how to navigate MSDOS and System V. Before long, he was involved in the local bulletin board systems and learning various other programming languages by reading books and examples.[2]

Case attended William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, dropping out of high school at the age of 17 to focus on a career in the information technology field.[3]

Hacking activities[edit]

In 1999, Case gained notoriety, media coverage, and a restitution bill for defacing the web site of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center with a modified frontend for a commonly used exploit.[4] Other United States government websites that were hacked include the Bureau of Land Management's national training center and the Defense Contract Audit Agency.[5] At least 40 other websites were tampered with by Case, including Airspace USA, the bank Altamira, Nissan Motors, Honda, the monitoring station for the United States Geological Survey and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Case stated he believed he was "on the good side" as he broke into company websites to alert them of security problems, not to cause harm.[6] In May 2000 Case was charged with criminal mischief and computer crime for breaking into the Colorado Springs city website, causing an estimated $25,000 in damages, though all $25,000 are costs of "time lost" to users.[7]

These defacements launched him into the spotlight, making him a resource for the media, commenting on other hacking-related events, such as the denial of service attacks on Yahoo, eBay,, and other well-known websites in 2000.[8][9]


Photograph of a man in a Kigurumi with a microphone, vape, and Mountain Dew on the floor.
YTCracker performing at AniMinneapolis.

Case performs as an MC and a DJ under the name YTCracker.[10] He is best known for his work in the genre of Nerdcore hip-hop,[11] in 2005 producing the album NerdRap Entertainment System. The album was created by adding vocals to re-mixed digital music from original Nintendo games, and was described in Newsweek as a "classic of the style."[12]

In Las Vegas, Case performed in 2006 at the Consumer Electronics Show,[13] and in 2007 performed at the Players Ball, appearing with the rappers Xzibit, Ice Cube and Lady Gaga. He has also performed at several DEF CON events.[14] In 2010 an untitled demo by British electronic rock band Proxies was leaked onto the internet containing a feature by Case.

Case runs an independent record label, Nerdy South Records.[13]


  • categoryFive (1999) (solo effort)
  • spryngz thuggin' (2000) (solo effort)
  • AOL Rules (2001) (solo effort)
  • spam 2k2 (2002) (solo effort)
  • stc is the greatest (2004) (as a member of spamtec)
  • Nerdrap Entertainment System (2005) (solo effort)
  • still the greatest (2006) (as a member of spamtec)
  • Rhyme Torrents Volumes I & II (2006) (compilation)
  • Nerd Life (2006) (solo effort)
  • Dirty Nerdy (2007) (featuring many other nerdcore artists)
  • 8-Bit Diagrams (2008) (as a member of 8-Bit Boys)
  • Serious Business EP (2008) (featuring Elijah Lucian)
  • The Digital Gangster LP (2008) (with MC Lars)
  • Invasion of the Mic Snatchers (2008) (As part of the Sinister Six)
  • dcpd bangerz vol. 1 (2009) (featuring the Dekalb County, Georgia Police Force)
  • Chrono Nurga vol. 1 (2009) (solo effort)
  • ______ every day (2010) (with Hairetsu and spamtec)
  • Space Mission (2010) (featuring Elijah Lucian, Hairetsu)
  • Who Live Like This EP (2012) (featuring Hairetsu)
  • EarthBound: adventures of the sound stone vol. 1 (2012) (solo effort)
  • Introducing Neals (2014) (solo effort)
  • Strictly for My Streamers (2017) (solo effort)


  1. ^ a b "YTCracker". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  2. ^ "We Hustle Bytes". Archived from the original on 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  3. ^ Nieves, D (2000-05-10). "Teen accused of raiding city Web site". The Gazette. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  4. ^ Kahney, L (1999-11-23). "Cracker Launches Attack on NASA". Wired. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  5. ^ Frank, D; Trimble PS (1999-12-22). "Feds leave doors open for hackers". CNN. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  6. ^ Walsh, C (2000-03-12). "Local hacker says he's good guy, alerting sites of security". The Gazette. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  7. ^ Nieves, D (2000-05-10). "Teen accused of raiding city Web site". The Gazette. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  8. ^ Kelly, JS (2001-02-07). "New Windows tools fend off denial-of-service attacks". Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  9. ^ Fusco, P; McWilliams B (2000-06-19). "Hackers Again Strike AOL". Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  10. ^ Andrews, R (2005-06-23). "Rap Marketing Comes to Nerdcore". Wired. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  11. ^ "What is Nerdcore?". XLR8R Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-10-29.
  12. ^ Braiker, B (2007). "Geeksta Rap Rising: Isn't It Time Somebody Represented For The Clark Kents Of The World? Nerdcore Hip-Hop Says 'Darn Straight!' And Don't Think This Stuff Is Parody". Newsweek. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  13. ^ a b Miranda, M (2007-11-04). "Refrain of the nerds: In this hip-hop universe, science - not violence - is what they rap about". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  14. ^ "YTCracker at DEF CON 20". Retrieved 16 September 2015. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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