The world's most famous and best hackers, and their fascinating stories

Xiaobai Software  2022-05-29 12: 27  read 129 views

Not all hackers are bad people.Good hackers are called "white hat hackers" who use hacking techniques to improve computer security.Those who are just for fun are called "grey hat hackers".

But what about the kind of malicious people you think of?They are called "black hat hackers".As history has shown, despite what they do best, they can do a lot of damage.

Here are some of the most notorious and vicious "black hats", what they did to earn their reputation, and where they are today.Are they the top XNUMX hackers in the world?It's up to you.

1. Kevin Mitnick


Number one on the list of world famous hackers is Kevin Mitnick.The U.S. Department of Justice called him "the most wanted computer criminal in American history."Kevin Mitnick's story is so crazy it even became the basis for a feature film called Track Down.People often think that he is the best hacker in the world.

What did he do?

After a year in prison for hacking into the digital equipment company's network, he was released under supervision for three years.But near the end of that period, he fled and went on a two-and-a-half-year hack that involved breaching defense warning systems and stealing company secrets.

Where is he now?

Mitnick was eventually caught and sentenced to five years in prison.After fully serving those years in prison, he became a computer security consultant and public speaker.He now runs Mitnick Security Consulting Ltd.

2. Jonathan James


The story of Jonathan James known as "c0mrade" is a tragic one.He started hacking at a very young age, managed to break into some commercial and government networks, and was sent to prison for doing so -- while he was a minor.

What did he do?

James eventually hacked into NASA's network and downloaded enough source code (the equivalent of $170 million in assets at the time) to understand how the ISS worked.NASA had to shut down its network for three weeks while investigating the breach, at an additional cost of $41,000.

Where is he now?

In 2007, several high-profile companies fell victim to numerous malicious cyberattacks.Although James denied any involvement, he was suspected and was investigated. In 2008, James committed suicide, thinking he would be convicted of crimes he did not commit.

3. Albert Gonzalez


Albert Gonzalez is another of the best computer hackers in the world.He was originally the leader of a hacking group called ShadowCrew.In addition to stealing and selling credit card numbers, ShadowCrew fabricates fake passports, health insurance cards and birth certificates for identity theft crimes.

What did he do?

Albert Gonzalez collected more than 1.7 million credit card and ATM card numbers in two years, paving the way for his internet fame.He then hacked into the databases of TJX Corporation and the Heartland payment system, and also stole all their stored credit card numbers.

Where is he now?

Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in prison (two 20-year sentences to be served concurrently) and is scheduled to be released in 2025.

4. Kevin Poulsen


Kevin Poulsen, also known as "Dark Dante," used his sophisticated knowledge of the phone system to earn his 15-minute fame.At one point, he hacked into a radio station's phone line and pinned himself as the winner, earning him a brand new Porsche.The media dubbed him "the Hannibal Lecter of computer crime".

What did he do?

Poulsen was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list when he hacked into federal systems and stole wiretap information.He was later arrested at a supermarket and sentenced to 51 months in prison and $56000 in restitution.

Where is he now?

Poulsen changed his lifestyle after he was released from prison in 1995.He started out as a reporter and is now a contributing editor for Wired magazine. In 2006, he even helped law enforcement identify 744 sex offenders on MySpace.

5. Gary McKinnon


Gary McKinnon, known on the Internet as "Solo", allegedly coordinated what could be the largest military computer hack ever.

What did he do?


He claimed he was only looking for information on suppression of free energy and UFO cover-ups, but he deleted some key files, rendering more than 300 computers unusable and causing more than $70 in damages, according to U.S. authorities.

Where is he now?

McKinnon, of Scottish descent, operated outside the UK until 2005, when he faced extradition.

After a series of appeals, then-British Prime Minister Theresa May blocked his extradition on the grounds that he was "seriously ill" and that extradition was "incompatible with (his) human rights".

6. Robert Tappan Morris


Robert Tappan Morris learned about computing from his father, Robert Morris, a computer scientist at Bell Labs and later the National Security Agency.Morris is considered the creator of the world's first known computer worm.In view of the endless emergence of various types of computer viruses since then, it can be said that he is not very popular with users.

What did he do?

In 1988, he created the Morris worm as a student at Cornell University.The program was designed to measure the size of the Internet, but it had a flaw: a computer could be infected multiple times, and each infection would slow it down even more.It rendered over 6000 computers unusable.

Where is he now?

In 1989, Robert Tappan-Morris was found to have violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.He was sentenced to three years probation, 400 hours of community service, and a $10,050 fine.He eventually founded Y Combinator and is now a tenured professor at MIT.

7. Loyd Blankenship


Lloyd Blankenship, known in hacking circles as "The Mentor," has been an active hacker since the 1970s.He was a member of several hacking groups in the past, most notably the Legion of Doom (LOD).

What did he do?

Blankenship wrote an article called "Mentor's Last Words" (also known as "Hacker's Manifesto of Conscience and Hackers"), which he wrote after his arrest in 1986.This article is already seen as a cornerstone of hacker culture.

Where is he now?

Blankenship was hired by Steve Jackson Games in 1989 to work on GURPS Cyberpunk. In 1990, the U.S. Secret Service raided his home and confiscated the game's rulebook, calling it the "Computer Crime Manual."He has since given up on hacking and is now Director of Product Research and Design at McAfee.

8. Julian Assange


Julian Assange started hacking under the name "Mendax" when he was 16.For four years, he visited various government, corporate and educational networks -- including the Pentagon, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Citibank and Stanford University.

What did he do?

Assange created WikiLeaks in 2006 as a platform for publishing news and classified documents from anonymous sources. In 2010, the United States opened an investigation into Assange and charged him under the Espionage Act of 1917.

Where is he now?

Assange lived at the Ecuadorian embassy in London from 2012 to 2019, when his asylum rights were eventually revoked and police entered the embassy to arrest him.He is currently behind bars in the UK, although a UK court has dismissed a US extradition appeal.

9. Guccifer 2.0


Who is Guccifer 2.0?No one knows for sure.It could be a person or a group disguised as a person.The name pays homage to a Romanian hacker (known as "Guccifer") who regularly targeted U.S. government officials and other politically dignitaries.

What did they do?

During the 2016 US presidential election, the network of the Democratic National Convention was hacked.Thousands of documents were leaked at WikiLeaks and elsewhere.Many believed Guccifer 2.0 was a cover for Russian intelligence, but in an interview with Vice, Guccifer 2.0 claimed they were Romanians and not Russians.

where are they now?

Guccifer 2.0 disappeared before the 2016 US presidential election, then resurfaced in January 2017, claiming they had no ties to Russian intelligence.Since then, no one has heard anything about Guccifer 1.

10 Anonymous


Anonymous may be the most well-known "hacker" of all time, but also the most obscure.Anonymous is not a single person, but a decentralized group of hackers with no real membership or hierarchy.Anyone can act in the name of Anonymous.

What did they do?

Since its emergence in 2003, Anonymous is believed to have attacked several high-profile targets, including Amazon, PayPal, Sony, Westborough Baptist Church, the Church of Scientology, parts of the dark web, as well as Australia, India, Syria and America and dozens of other countries.

where are they now?

Anonymous continues its hacking operations to this day.Since 2011, Anonymous has spawned two related hacking groups. LulzSec and AntiSec.

Stay safe from modern hackers

If you're worried that a hack like the one above will ruin your life, don't worry.They prefer to go after large organizations and entities.

But you should be wary of another type of hacker: one that steals your personal data for their own benefit.To stay safe, be sure to use security software to protect against malware.


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