Hacking costs companies and consumers many millions of dollars each year. For me, a “hacker” is one who enjoys observing details and understanding how things work and use this knowledge to improve things. The world wide web which has become the hub for storing and restoring information, considered to be the safest vault, is a mere toy in the hands of a few computer geniuses. Some Famous Hackers, Black Hat Hackers, villains, crackers, cyber-criminals, cyber pirates as they are well-known, throw a malicious software or virus at a system to gain the access to the desired information. Piqued by curiosity, they may perhaps break into your system too. Throughout the history, there have been a myriad of hackers which the world has (or has not ) seen ;). I will not focus on pointing out the milestones he covered but his badass way of hacking. Here are the 10 most Famous Hackers How They Got Caught.
A seminal figure in American hacking, Kevin Mitnick got his start as a teen. In 1981, he was charged with stealing computer manuals from Pacific Bell. In 1982 he hacked the North American Defense Command (NORAD), which inspired the 1983 film “War Games.” In 1989, he hacked Digital Equipment Corporation’s (DEC) network and made copies of their software. Because DEC was a leading computer manufacturer at the time, this act put Mitnick on the map. He was later arrested, convicted and sent to prison. During his conditional release, he hacked Pacific Bell’s voicemail systems.
Throughout his hacking career, Mitnick didn’t exploit the access and data he’d obtained. While it’s widely believed that he once obtained full control of Pacific Bell’s network, Mitnik wasn’t out to exploit the results but wanted to prove it could be done. A warrant was issued for his arrest for the Pacific Bell incident, but he fled and was in hiding for more than two years and become famous. When caught, he went to prison for multiple counts of wire fraud and computer fraud. Mitnick ultimately went white hat, but according to Wired, in 2014, he launched “Mitnick’s Absolute Zero Day Exploit Exchange,” which sells unpatched, critical software exploits to the highest bidder.
Gary McKinnon was known by his Internet handle, “Solo.” Using that name, he coordinated what would become the largest military computer hack of all time. Gary McKinnon must’ve been a curious, restless child, for to gain information on UFOs, he thought it better to get a direct access into the channels of NASA. He infiltrated 97 US military and NASA computers, by installing virus and deleting a few files. All the efforts to satisfy his curiosity, but, alas, curiosity killed the cat. It was soon found that McKinnon was guilty of having hacked the military and NASA websites from his girlfriend’s aunt’s house in London. While entering and deleting the files from these websites wasn’t enough, McKinnon thought of shaming the security forces by putting out a notice on the website that said, “Your security is crap.” Well, looks like McKinnon was something if he could shut down the US Military’s Washington Network of about 2000 computers for 24 hours, making the hack, the biggest military computer hack of all time!
Matthew Bevan and Richard Pryce