Top 5 Computer Hackers
Posted: August 7, 2013 by Maja Johnson
Today, hackers are generally divided into two separate groups, those that use their skills to do good, and those that do bad. Some of the best have broken into the most guarded and secretive agencies in the world, mainly out of curiosity. These top 5 were popular enough to be caught. Though far from the best, they are possibly the most well-known.
5. Jonathan James
Jonathan James was the first American hacker sent to prison for cybercrime when he was just 15 years old. By that time, he had hacked into many computer systems including the Miami-Dade school system. However, the federal authorities became interested in him after he hacked into the Defense Threat Reduction agency, the US Department of Defense, and NASA. He stole NASAs software worth $1.7 million which led NASA to shut down their computers for 3 weeks. He killed himself when he was just 24 years old.
4. Robert Tappan Morris
Robert Tappan Morris is famous for creating the first computer worm on the Internet – called the Morris Worm. He was also the first person in the USA to be convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Morris, who was a student at the Cornell University, designed the worm to gauge the size of the Internet. However, the worm spread throughout the Internet damaging numerous computer systems. Today, he works as a professor at MIT – Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.
3. Gary McKinnon
Gary McKinnon is known as the hacker who executed the largest military hack of all times. In an attempt to find evidence of UFOs and any governmental cover-up, he hacked into the US Military and NASAs systems. McKinnon also hacked in 97 other computer systems and caused damages in hundreds of thousands of dollars. He currently resides in Scotland, but if extradited to the USA, he could face jail time in Guantanamo Bay up to 70 years.
2. Adrian Lamo
Adrian Lamo became known to the public when broke into several high-profile computer systems like Microsoft, The New York Times, Yahoo!, and more. Adrian was sent to jail soon after the attacks.Today, plays a very important role in keeping the media coverage of the hacker collective known as Anonymous.
1. Kevin Mitnick
In the late 20th century, Mitnick was known as the most wanted computer criminal in the USA. At the age of 12, Mitnick hacked into the LA bus system. He became an expert in social engineering, usernames, passwords and modem phone numbers. When he was 16, Mitnick hacked the Digital Equipment Corporation, a company for developing operating system software. From there, he broke into IBM Computers and the Computer Learning Center in LA. Today, he is the author of two bestselling books – The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion. He was also portrayed in the movie Track Down by actor Skeet Urlich.