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Sad news. Our friend SifuMike has passed away.

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#1 Grinler


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Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:41 PM

Dear Friends,

With deep regret, I am writing this post to let you know that SifuMike, a long time friend, member, and Malware Response Team member had passed away on July 5th, 20011. Today was the first time that the anti-malware communities found out this information and it is a complete shock to everyone who knew him.

I first met Mike in 2004/2005 at the forum SecurityForums.com, where I was active before and as I was starting BleepingComputer.com. He has always been a person who was generous with his time and knowledge and did his best to help those who needed it on the forums. Whenever he spotted an issue at BC, or with some of our content, he was always helpful to point out what needed to be corrected or fixed.

Even while he was fighting his illness, he once told me:

"I am not so sick I cant help people with their logs, thank god."

That statement pretty much sums up his outlook on life. Mike was a person who just wanted to help people. Not because he had anything to gain from it, but rather that he just had a passion for computer security and got enjoyment out of helping people solve their security problems.

Mike you will be sorely be missed.


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Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:52 PM

My condolences on the loss of your friend.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:55 PM

Rest in peace Mike.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:57 PM

This is indeed sad news.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:08 PM

"......" Amen.

Sad news indeed, he will surely be missed by those who he has helped in the past.
However, I feel a personal loss myself, because he was one of our staff members, who like the rest of us here at BC, has found that life's simple pleasure is helping others unselfishly with his time and knowledge.

He is in my prayers.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:21 PM

Condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:32 PM

Rest in peace Mike, My prayers are with your family. Thanks for all you gave. :flowers:
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:53 PM

Condolences to his family and friends.

Funny, I can always imagine my own death but I seem to block out the possibility that someone I esteem or value on any level...can encounter situations resulting in death.

Restis in pace, Mike.


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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:15 PM

From WindowsSecurity.com

On July 5th, 2011 Michael A. Kroeger passed away. He was known on this site as SifuMike, and was the SMART Leader and devoted untold hours of his day assisting people with their computer problems in the HijackThis forum.

He is survived by his sister, Judy. Anyone wishing to send condolances may do so by mail:

Judy/Michael A. Kroeger
Straub's Funeral Home
325 N.E. 3rd Ave.
Camas, WA. 98607


Go to www.straubsfuneralhome.com Click on Condolances page.

Click on Michael A. Kroeger.

Michael was a real hero to many people, and was highly respected. We all will miss him dearly.

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Administrator - Security Forums Dot Com

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Edited by pwgib, 11 August 2011 - 07:20 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:25 PM

Sad, sad news...
My deep condolences...

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:33 PM

Rest in peace, Mike.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:05 PM


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Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:35 AM

My condolences to his relatives and friends.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 02:51 AM

It is sad. Mike was indeed a devoted malware fighter. I was surprised he was not around lately and I got no PM from him for a while.

"Tip of the hat" to the way you lived and related to others.

My deep condolences to the family and friends. :flowers:

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 04:06 AM

My condolences to his family :(
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