If you wanna know how not secure you are, just take a look around. Nothing’s secure. Nothing’s safe. I don’t hate technology, I don’t hate hackers, because that’s just what comes with it, without those hackers we wouldn’t solve the problems we need to solve, especially security. -Fred Durst
In today’s hi-tech world we are surrounded by computers and emphasize on a lot of things related to them, but do you know a black hat hacker was sentenced to prison for 70 years for hacking. Shocked!!! We were also shocked after knowing about the hacker’s profile. So here we have brought top 10 hackers of all time.
1. Garry Mckinnon
This Scottish computer geek is responsible for the “biggest military computer hack of all time”. He used the name ‘Solo’ and hacked 97 U.S. military and NASA computers for a very long period of time. He executed the hack from his girlfriend’s Aunt’s home in London. He also posted a notice on the website saying, “Your security is crap.” When found guilty, he was sentenced to prison for 70 years.
2. Kevin Mitnick
This American hacker was the most wanted cyber-criminal of United States once. He entered the world of hacking at the age of 12. He has hacked many tech giant’s websites such as IBM, Motorola, and other telecom companies. He also hacked the system of U.S. Secret Service, FBI. Later, he was caught and was sent to prison for 5 years.
3. Kevin Poulsen (Dark Dante)
Kevin Poulsen is currently an editor at Wired.com and was a former black-hat hacker. He infiltrated the whole radio network of Los Angeles so that he could be the 102nd caller in a calling contest to win a Porsche car. He is famously known as Dark Dante.
4. Jonathan James
This American hacker was just 16 years old when he was charged for intruding the computer system of defense. He also hacked the NASA systems and stole much software that was used for controlling on-board life-supporting impedimenta in spaceships. Since he was a minor, that’s why he was taken for house arrest for six months.
5. Albert Gonzales
This black-hat hacker wanted to earn money really fast. He hacked some retailer servers and stole over 45 million card details and earned an enormous amount of money with it. This is considered as the biggest credit theft of all time. He also started a group of hackers namely Shadowcrew group.
6. Mark Abene
Mark Abene was one of the infamous hackers of all time. He used the named Phiber Optik for his hacking works. He started a hacking group, Master of Deception. He launched the AT & T system due to which 60,000 users were without a phone for about nine hours.
7. Robert Morris
This black-hat was the first to be accused under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act of 1986. He created the first computer worm of the world. According to Morris, he created the worm to capture the size of the internet. The Morris worm infected 10% internet connected computers at that time, approximately 6,000 computers were affected by this worm.
8. Vladimir Levin
Vladimir Levin was a Russian black-hat hacker who hacked the city bank system and stole 10.7 million USD and transferred it to many of his other accounts outside the country. After this massive theft, he was caught and was sentenced to prison for 3 years.
9. Timothy Lloyd
This genius computer geek and the hacker was an employee in the Omega software company. But due to some reasons, Lloyd was fired from the company. Just after three weeks, he injected a virus in the computer systems of the Omega software company and caused deletion of many important files that were needed by the company, repairing of which cost them about 2 million dollars.
10. Onel De Guzman
He is one of the most prominent hackers of all the time. He created a spam e-mail, I Love You, which contained a document named as “LOVE FOR YOU.txt.vds”. This virus infected as much as 45 million e-mail users across the world. Even Pentagon, British Council and CIA, all closed their e-mail servers for months to avoid getting hacked.
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