Computing: World’s Best and Most Popular Hackers
My blogs have been hacked – about 10 times already – and while I was wondering how to do data recovery and theme restorations (while my web-hosting service provider tried to get the hacker out of the server), I also couldn’t help but wonder why some hackers would waste their time hacking my sites. I mean, there are other bigger sites they could hack – sites that would gain them fame – and perhaps even make them ‘reputable’ enough to become the basis of a feature film or perhaps grant them the chance to get a very good job in computer security and the likes. I wish they could focus on the BIGGIES. Who knows? Maybe if they do, they can even be on this list…
World’s Best Hackers (Most Popular Hackers)
(for Good and Not-So Good Reasons)
SOLO – Gary McKinnon
What he did: He coordinated the largest military computer hack of all time as he illegally accessed 97 computers belonging to the U.S. Armed Forces and NASA. He whacked the Pentagon’s security system and caused damaged worth $700,000.
Why he did it: He said he was looking for UFO evidence. Apparent, he has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.
Where is he now: He’s a British hacker, operating from the UK. He was able to dodge the American government for years but he was arrested in 2005. A few weeks ago, Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May, said that he will not be extradited because of the high risk he could kill himself.
Kevin David Mitnick
What he did: He hacked the Los Angeles bus transfer system to get free rides but that was just petty compared to his hacking of the DEC systems to view VMS source codes (DEC had to spend $160,000 for clean-up) and his ‘invasion’ of the systems of various mobile phone manufacturers such as Motorola, Sun Microsystems, NEC, Nokia, and Fujitsu Siemens. He also hacked an IBM minicomputer at the Computer Learning Center in Los Angeles.
Where is he now: He’s a computer security consultant, an author of computer security books, an editor of a tech site – and he’s also been featured in various computer games.
DARK DANTE – Kevin Poulsen
What he did: He took-over the phone lines of a Los-Angeles based radio station – KIIS-FM and he also hacked into federal systems and stole wiretap information
Why he did it: He hacked phone lines so he could be the winning caller for a contest – from which he won a brand new PORSCHE!
Where is he now: He’s now a senior editor for Wired News and he occasionally helps law enforcers to trace supposed criminals online (He helped the police identify more than 700 sex offenders on MySpace).
COMRADE – Jonathan James
What he did: He hacked the servers and stole software programs of the Department of Defense and NASA. He downloaded source codes and other data and programs, which supposedly amounts to $1.7 million. To add insult to injury, NASA had to shut down their network for three whole weeks while they investigated the breach, which cost them $41,000.
Where is he now: He died on May 18, 2008 – from a supposed self-inflicted gunshot wound on his head.
What he did: He is the mastermind of the ShadowCrew, a group of frauds and hackers involved in the 170-million theft case through credit card and ATM card numbers. They stole data from internal corporate networks.
Why he did it: To live extravagantly? Reports show that he had a $75,000 birthday party and he stayed at lavish hotels and had luxurious homes. Through his illegal activities, he was able to buy a condo in Miami, a 2006 BMW 330i automobile, Rolex watches, a Tiffany diamond ring, and more.
Where is he now: He’s in jail and will be released in 2025.