10 Of The Most Famous Hackers In The World (And What Happened To Them)

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As we learned from cartoons in our childhood, whenever there is good, there is going to be bad, and since we are living in the era of internet, we somehow expected to not find anyone “that” bad since all that is offered is an easy access to all information and fast communication with anyone in the world.

It turned out that our expectations were wrong because the internet gave birth to people who want to do harm and take advantage of others in ways only a few people can understand.

However, you should keep in mind that hackers are not all bad, because there are:

White-hat hackers: They improve computer security.
Gray-hat hackers: They are just hacking for fun.
Black-hat hackers: They do nothing but harm!

The last ones are the most dangerous, and as history has shown, people have been the victims of the “black hatters” many times, and all of their stories went missing. If you are curious to know what they did and where are they today, then keep swiping to meet 10 of the most famous hackers in the world.

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Kevin Mitnick

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According to the US Department of Justice, Kevin Mitnick used to be the most wanted criminal in United States history. His story was so wild that he became an inspiration for the movie Track Down.

After hacking the network of the Digital Equipment Corp. Kevin spent one year in prison and a supervised release for 3 years. But near the end of that time, he escaped and made 2.5 years of hacking spree that included stealing corporate secrets and breaching the national defense warning system.

Where is he today?

He was caught eventually and convicted with 5 years of prison sentence. When Mitnick served his years, he became a public speaker and a consultant for computer security. Today, he owns Mitnick Security Consulting.

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Jonathan James

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Jonathan James, also known as c0mrade, has a very tragic story. It began when he learned how to hack at a young age. He was able to hack into many government and commercial networks, and obviously, he was sent to prison when he was still a minor!

Jonathan James was very smart to the point he was able to hack into the network of NASA. He downloaded a lot of source codes to learn how that huge International Space Station worked. The latter had to shut down their network for three weeks straight to investigate the breach.

Where is he today?

There are many high-profile companies that were victims to network attacks in 2007, and even though he denied being involved in any of these attacks, James was suspected and investigated. In 2008, he committed suicide because he believed he will be convicted of attacks he was never involved in.

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Albert Gonzalez

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ShadowCrew was a hacker group that was created by Albert Gonzalez, he was the leader. He was stealing credit cards numbers and selling them. In addition to fabricating health insurance cards, fraudulent passports, and birth certificates – to identify theft crimes.

Gonzalez became internet famous when he collected over 170 million ATM and credit cards numbers in two years only. Then he hacked into TJX Companies’ databases and Heartland Payment Systems in order to steal their credit card numbers, too.

Where is he today?

Gonzalez has been sent to jail for 20 years, and his release will be in 2025.

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Kevin Poulsen

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Dark Dante is the nickname of Kevin Poulsen who hacked the phone lines of a radio station and fixed himself the winning caller to earn a Porsche. Basically, he was the Hannibal Lecter of computer crime, according to media.

After hacking into federal systems and stealing the wiretap information, Poulsen’s name earned its place in the wanted list of the FBI. He was sent to jail with 51 months sentence and a $56,000 bill in restitution.

Where is he today?

After he was released in 1995, he changed his ways and became a journalist. In 2006, he helped to identify over 700 sex offenders on MySpace. Today, he is Wired’s contributing editor.

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Gary McKinnon

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On the internet, Gary McKinnon is known as the Solo. He actually coordinated the largest military computer hack in the history. McKinnon accessed over 95 computers that belong to NASA and the US Armed Forces, only in 13 months (From February 2001 to March 2002).

He admitted that he was only looking for some UFO cover-ups and information on free energy suppression. But according to The United States authorities, he removed many critical files and caused more than $700,000 of damage.

Where is he today?

Since he is from Scotland and all of his operations were made in the UK, McKinnon found it easy to avoid the US government. But in 2005 he had to confront extradition.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister of UK blocked the extradition because he was “seriously ill”, and also because that extradition would be unsuited with “his human rights”.

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Robert Tappan Morris

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The knowledge of computers was inherited to Robert Tappan Morris from his father, who used to work at Bell Labs as a computer scientist and then in the NSA. Morris is basically the creator of the first known computer worm in the world.

Back in 1988, Morris created the Morris Worm while being a student at Cornell University. The program was built to measure the internet size, but it had a flaw; the computers could easily be infected many times, and each one would slow down the computer.

Where is he today?

Tappan violated the Abuse Act and Computer Fraud in 1989, so he was sentenced to probation for three years, $10,050 fine, and 400 hours of community service. Today, you can find him at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working as a tenured professor.

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Loyd Blankenship

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Known as the Mentor, Loyd Blankenship has been a very active hacker during the 1970s. Also, he used to be in many hacking groups, including Legion of Doom. He wrote an essay with the title “Mentor’s Last Words” after being arrested back in 1986. The essay was a cornerstone of the hacking culture.

Where is he today?

In 1989, Steve Jackson Games hired him to work on GURPS Cyberpunk, but the US Secret Service attacked his home and took the rulebook of the game in 1990. They believed it to be the handbook of “computer crime”. Since then, Blankenship stopped hacking and started working at McAfee as the head of product research.

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Julian Assange

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At the age of 16, Julian Assange began hacking under the name Mendax, and in four years only, he was able to hack into the networks of many corporate, government, and education, including Nasa, Lockheed Martin, Stanford University, and Pentagon.

In 2006, he created WikiLeaks, which is a platform of all the leaked news and classified documents. The US government made an investigation against him in 2010 because he was accused of the 1917 Espionage Act.

Where is he today?

Today, he lives in Ecuador and he is being holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy because he is scared of extradition to America.

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Guccifer 2.0

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Well, no one knows for sure who Guccifer 2.0 is. maybe it is one person, or maybe it is a group of people. During the US Presidential Election of 2016, the network of the Democratic National Convention got hacked.

There were Hundreds of leaked documents on WikiLeaks and many other places. Some people think that Guccifer 2.0 is a Russian intelligence cover, but after interviewing Vice, it was proved that Guccifer 2.0 is not Russian, but Romanian.

PS: Guccifer is a name of Romanian Hacker who used to target the US government and many other political prominences.

Where are they today?

After the presidential election, Guccifer 2.0 disappeared completely, then appeared in January 2017 to prove they have nothing to do with Russian intelligence.

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Anonymous

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Here is the most famous hacker of all time, who is still unknown completely. They are a group of hackers with no hierarchy or true membership. Anyone could act and hack under the name of Anonymous.

Since 2003, Anonymous attacked many notable targets, like PayPal, Amazon, the Westboro Baptist Church, Sony, parts of the dark web, the Church Scientology, and the governments of many countries like India, Australia, Syria, the United States, and many others.

Where are they today?

Anonymous is still active today.

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