List of popular hackers or hackers collective that have brought on a name for themselves. Some have landed in prison, while others are still hacking away. It is important to know that certain types of hacking are illegal.
List of best hackers Jonathan James, Kevin Mitnick, Kevin Poulsen, Gary McKinnon, Syrian Electronic Army and Anonymous
Jonathan was known as “c0mrade”. He was convicted, and then sent to prison due to his hacking in the U.S. while he was still a minor. When he was only fifteen years old, he hacked into many networks that included those that belonged to Miami-Dade, Bell South, as well as NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Jonathan hacked into the NASA network and downloaded so much source code that he learned how the International Space Station actually worked. The value of the downloaded had the value of 1.7 million dollars.
To add in more cost, NASA was forced to close the network for three weeks in order to investigate the breach, which cost another $41,000. In the year 2007, there were many high profile companies that were victim to a wave of malicious attacks. Even though Jonathan denied it, he was suspected, and then investigated. In the year 2008 he committed suicide because he thought he would be convicted of the crimes he didn’t commit.
The story of Kevin Mitnick is so much cooler than Jonathan’s sad story. Mitnick actually had movies made about him. He was classified as the “most wanted computer criminal in U.S. history.” After serving an entire year in prison for hacking into the network of Digital Equipment Corporation, he was given a three year supervised release. Towards the end of the three year period, he fled an went on a hacking spree that lasted 2.5 years. It involved hacking into the national defense warning system, as well as stealing corporate secrets. He was eventually caught, and then convicted. He received a five year sentence. After he served his time, he became a consultant, as well as a public speaker about computer security. He is now running the Mitnick Security Consulting LLC.
Kevin was known as “Dark Dante” and was able to use his talents to rig a radio station’s phone line to always be the winning caller. He actually won a Porsche. Media had called him the “Hannibal Lecter of computer crime.” He then was put on the FBI’s wanted list after he hacked the system and stole some wiretap information. He was caught in a grocery store, and then sentences to 51 months in prison, as well as a fine for restitution of $56,000. Much like Mitnick, Kevin changed his ways once released. He even helped law enforcement catch 744 sex offenders that were on MySpace. He is now a journalist and senior editor for Wired News.
Gary McKinnon was known as “Solo”. He coordinated the largest military hacks of all time. The allegations are that Gary, over a 13 month time period in 2001 to March 2002, he illegally gained access to 97 different computers that belonged to the United States Armed Forces, as well as NASA. Gary claimed that he was only looking for information that was related to UFO cover-ups and free energy suppression. However, according to the United States authorities, he deleted many critical files, which rendered over 300 computers unusable and resulted in over $700,000 in government damages. Since Gary was Scottish and did this out of the United Kingdom, he was able to escape the government for a bit. As of today, he is still fighting to stop being expedited to the United States.
Syrian Electronic Army
Syrian Electronic Army is also referred to as SEA. They have been acting in support of President Bashar al Assad. Therefore, SEA is typically attacking the Western media outlets that publish any negative press on him. The university students behind the attacks have gained much respect from the online security firms after hacking into hundreds of sites. Some targets include CBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. This caused many to become concerned about the motives of the group.
Anonymous is by far one of the most notorious and publicized groups. They are an underground, international network of ‘hacktivists’ that have sprung up from 4Chan, a controversial image based bulleting board. This collective has been put in the public’s eye since the year 2008 when it was originally shared on YouTube. In this video, the tagline for this collective was publicized. “Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.” Since the public knowledge of the existence of this collective, they have launched attacks on different governmental department websites, multi-nationals, politicians, hundreds of ISIS Twitter accounts, the Church of Scientology, and more. It is important to understand that due to Anonymous being decentralized, there is no specific leadership spearheading any campaigns. Most of the attacks consist of different individuals who are working toward the same goal.
One of the goals that they came together on was to launch an attack against VISA, Mastercard, and PayPal in response of the leash that they had around Wikileaks. Wikileaks is dependent on donations in order to maintain operation. The United States government mobilized a plane to make the donations impossible. This in turn would strangle the website and kill it. Anonymous did not like tis and they moved in with Operation Avenge Assange. They used a LOIC (low orbit ion cannon) tool. This tool allowed anyone to a DDOS (denial of service) attack on these high profile websites. It took them to their knees and lost millions of dollars during the process. They attacked Mexican drug cartels, child pornography websites, and even the Israeli Government, and it doesn’t stop there.
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