Martin grew up in a good home, the first of three children born to good parents in the suburbs of Silicon Valley. He grew up with access to money to build his own rigs, and often competed to piece together workstations to win benchmarking contests, and later got into piecing multiple computers together to make supercomuter benchmarks. Later in college, he began to get involved in a clandestine group of hackers that took over other users computers via the internet and created bot-nets not for typical Denial of Service attacks, but to compete with each other to solve large (known) math problems for time competing against other hackers.
Martin did well enough at university and graduated from cal-tech with a degree in computational computer, and planned on accepting a job with DARPA in their high performance computer cluster group (aka brute force cryptography key construction computing).
Martin however was only with DARPA for a very short period of time, after they had it on good authority that Martin actually hacked the NSA cryptography group. The NSA could never prove any wrong doing, but psychoanalyzing Martin they figured he was too much of a security threat on the inside.
Martin then began creating and selling Android apps (he’s not an Apple enthusiast, though he does have an ipod touch 4), however each app allowed a back door into the user’s smart phone, and Martin was back in again with his hold hacker computational competition buddies, but this time he’d harness the stolen processing cycles from the millions of 1Ghz+ ARM smart phones on the market who download his killer apps.
Due to his business dealings Martin has an immense personal wealth and spending capability completly outside of his relationship with his parents (who are pretty well heeled), or any employement with the Government.
Unbeknownst to Martin, the NSA never gave up attempting to track Martin on the internet, the assistant director of cryptography (Carl Feinberg II) was especially offended by what he was sure was a major criminal security breach by the cocky 25 year old, he never let the matter die and regularly put a host of man power against “tracking clandestine high target hackers.” Carl systematically gathered as much evidence as possible over the course of three long years in order to put together a case against the young Fields. Carl brought his best information together to brief the head of the NSA and the head of the CIA. Unfortunately for Carl, the CIA was looking for just this kind of local talent to put on a new anti-terrorist quick action team. Much to Carl’s chagrine, Martin was approached with an offer of employment and as a term of permanent employement by the federal government, was given broad access to the governments computer networks and anti-computer-terrorist tactics and techniques.
Once on the government team, it was clear that Martin would need some kind of combat training in order to deploy overseas, and into hostile and/or dangerous territory. Martin did not take to many areas of combat expertise, except that he was surprisingly gifted in firearms, particularly hand guns. Martin is now a handgun enthusiast, and has many rare and interesting models in his personal collection, and fires them for sport as often as he can, often entering quick draw competions and target shooting. The CIA declined his bid for the US Olympic team (although he easily qualified for nationals)