Monday, 30 July 2012

Top Most Famous Hackers In The World!!

We live in an Era where each and every computer on the internet is vulnerable. But most of the attacks led by these most famous hackers (evil geniuses) dates back to 1990s, And at an age where you guys prefer partying and gaming. They were so notorious that they made FBI chasing them for years!

Kevin Mitnick

The most gifted, notorious hacker in the last two decades. Described as “the most wanted computer criminal in United States history”. He started at the age of 17 by getting into a phone exchange, which allowed him to redirect subscriber calls in any way he wanted.
Mitnick started out exploiting the Los Angeles bus punch card system to get free rides, then dabbled in phone hacking.
Mitnick’s mischief got serious when he went on a hacking spree targeting Motorola, NEC, Nokia, and Fujitsu Siemens systems, stealing corporate secrets, scrambling phone networks and infiltrating the national defense warning system.
He ultimately made his biggest mistake by breaking into fellow hacker Tsutomu Shimomura’s home computer, which led to his undoing.
After a well-publicized pursuit, the FBI arrested Mitnick on Valentine’s Day, 1995. He served five years in jail and about 8 months of it in solitary confinement thanks to law enforcement officials who claimed he could “start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone”.
Today, Mitnick is a computer security consultant, famous author and speaker.

Jonathan James

James gained notoriety when he became the first juvenile to be sent to prison for hacking. He was sentenced at 16 years old. In an anonymous interview, he professes, "I was just looking around, playing around. What was fun for me was a challenge to see what I could pull off."
After the Army and the Pentagon, any hacker worthy of the name dreams about getting into NASA's servers, the protection of which is renowned. It was in 1999 that a young hacker with the nickname of c0mrade, better known as Jonathan James, accomplished this exploit at the age of 16.
In 1999, Jonathan James broke into military computers and installed a backdoor into a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) server, part of the Department of Defense, and collected sensitive emails and employee usernames and passwords.
Just for fun, he also hacked into NASA computers, stealing approximately $1.7 million worth of software that controlled the living environment on the International Space Station, forcing the agency to shut down its computer systems for three weeks, and costing thousands of dollars in security upgrades. James later explained that he downloaded the code to supplement his studies on programming, and satisfied with an irony saying  “the code itself was crappy [...] certainly not worth $1.7 million”.
The capture of the young hacker was fast, with NASA doing everything it could to find him.However, he served 6 months in prison for violation of parole.
But unlike other hackers, his story has a tragic twist: He committed suicide in 2007. In his suicide note, he denied having anything to do with a hacker attack he was being investigated for. The last words were: “I lost control over this situation, and this is my only way to regain control.” L

Kevin Poulsen
Known as “Dark Dante”, Poulsen gained recognition for hacking L.A. radio’s KIIS-FM by taking over all of the station’s phone lines and “winning” a Porsche during a contest.
Authorities began to pursue Poulsen after he hacked into a federal investigation database. During this pursuit, he further drew the ire of the FBI by hacking into federal computers for wiretap information.
He ultimately ended up pissing off the FBI after wiretapping a Hollywood actress and hacking into the US Army and FBI computers.
After months on the run, he was eventually ambushed in a supermarket, and sentenced to 51 months in prison, ordered to pay $56,000 to the radio stations, and banned from using a computer for three years.
Today, Kevin Poulsen is a senior editor for News and has helped identify over 700 sex offenders with MySpace profiles.

Michael Calce

While other teenagers his age were thinking about parties and girls, 15-year-old Canadian Michael Calce (also known as “Mafiaboy”) spent his afternoons on his computer and became famous for executing the first major distributed-denial of service attack (DDoS) responsible for crippling some of the Internet’s most popular websites.
He set out to make a name for himself in February 2000 when he took down the website of the no.1 search engine and second most popular website at the time: Yahoo!
As if that feat wasn’t enough, he went on and hammered the servers of CNN, eBay, Dell, and Amazon in a wave of highly-publicized attacks that were the first to show the world how easily one kid can knockout major websites.
Calce was ultimately picked up by the Canadian police and faced 3 years in jail, but was sentenced to eight months in a juvenile detention center and forced to donate $250 to charity.

Robert Tappan Morris
Morris, son of former National Security Agency scientist Robert Morris, is known as the creator of the Morris Worm, the first computer worm to be unleashed on the Internet. As a result of this crime, he was the first person prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
He designed the first self-replicating computer worm and unleashed it in the world wide web to check how deep the internet hole goes.
He surely didn’t expect it to backfire, replicating itself beyond control as it infected thousands of computers, costing millions of dollars in damage, and inspiring the U.S. government to create a emergency response for computers known as the CERT.
Morris was eventually charged for his accidental crimes and ordered to pay $10,000 and do 400 hours of community service.
He is currently working as a professor at the MIT, and the worm’s source code is archived on a black 3.5-inch floppy disk on display at the Boston Museum of Science.

Sony and the Playstation Network
One of the most recent hacker attacks that made the headlines , thanks to thousands of angry geeks unable to access their favorite games online, was perpetrated on Sony’s Playstation Network database.
More than 100 million Sony customers were affected last year when an unknown group of hackers breached into the network and scooped up data on their names, addresses, emails, login IDs, passwords, and credit-card numbers.
Nobody to date knows who was behind the massive attack.

Tsutomu Shimomura
Shimomura reached fame in an unfortunate manner: he was hacked by Kevin Mitnick. Following this personal attack, he made it his cause to help the FBI capture him.
Shimomura's work to catch Mitnick is commendable, but he is not without his own dark side. Author Bruce Sterling recalls: "He pulls out this AT&T cellphone, pulls it out of the shrinkwrap, finger-hacks it, and starts monitoring phone calls going up and down Capitol Hill while an FBI agent is standing at his shoulder, listening to him."
Shimomura out-hacked Mitnick to bring him down. Shortly after finding out about the intrusion, he rallied a team and got to work finding Mitnick. Using Mitnick's cell phone, they tracked him near Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The article, "SDSC Computer Experts Help FBI Capture Computer Terrorist" recounts how Shimomura pinpointed Mitnick's location. Armed with a technician from the phone company, Shimomura "used a cellular frequency direction-finding antenna hooked up to a laptop to narrow the search to an apartment complex." Mitnick was arrested shortly thereafter.

Adrian LamoKevin Mitnick and Kevin Poulsen

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