Hacking the Pentagon, being chased by Interpol, kneading a fortune with fake auctions … These are the ten most famous hackers in the world and their most notorious feats in the cybercrime Olympus.
Stigmatized, persecuted, revered or admired since the emergence of new fiction proposals such as the Mr Robot series, hackers have always been in the spotlight, dyed a halo of mystery that arouses the curiosity of those interested in the ins and outs of the world Cybercrime Although there are millions across the planet, responsible for dangerous cyber attacks, money subtractions or blockades to large companies, there are certain names that shine with capital letters.
If in the malware universe there are viruses that have passed to the annals of history, also in the world of organized cyberattack some personalities who achieved feats such as hacking the CIA or the FBI, stealing millions of bank accounts or entering the bowels of big corporations and brands like Yahoo, Nokia or eBay. Interestingly, some of them have moved on to the good side and work in cybersecurity consulting for companies, while some are still searching and capturing, hidden after the anonymity of the screens.
It should be noted that although they are popularly known as hackers, the most correct term is cracker, since even the SAR recently changed the meanings of this word. Thus, currently the word hacker designates that “person skilled in computer management, who deals with the security of systems and develops improvement techniques.”
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The 10 most famous hackers in the world
“Cracka”: Debtor of previous known hackers, we begin with the most recent famous cyber criminal. In 2016, this British teenager nicknamed as Cracka and belonging to a group called “Crackas with Attitude”, defender of the Palestinian Movement, was arrested for hacking the CIA and the White House. With only 16 years he managed to hack the personal emails of the CIA Director, the FBI director and the Director of National Intelligence. The latter also hacked his telephone accounts and revealed the identity of 31,000 US government agents.
Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev: Also nicknamed Fantomas, he is the cybercriminal for whose capture the FBI offers a reward of up to three million dollars from last year. The crime imputed to him by this cracker is the theft of 100 million dollars from US bank accounts. He is credited with creating the Game over Zeus virus, which has infected more than one million computers worldwide and CryptoLocker, a file encryption system used to extract rescue payments in cyber-distortion strategies.
Nicolae Popescu: This is another of the most wanted cybercriminals on the planet, ringleader of a scam plot globally that operated by implementing fake ads on auction websites that never reached the winners. The US FBI offers a million dollars for him, and despite the fact that his band was dismantled in a macro operation in 2012 – with money, weapons and luxury vehicles in between – today, Popescu is still missing.
Kevin Mitnick: If we talk about heavyweights of cybercrime, Mitnick’s name resonates over several generations. This American hacker was nicknamed “The Condor” and became “the most wanted computer criminal in history” in the 80s by the US Department of Justice. Among his “feats”, he managed to access the ultra protected systems of companies such as Nokia and Motorola. His story ended in arrest, perpetrated in 1995, being sentenced to five years in prison after a slow judicial process. Released in 2002, today he is an author and lecturer, works as a security consultant for several companies, gives cybersecurity talks in forums around the world and runs his own security consulting company: Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC.
Ourmine: To cite a strictly current group and the most feared in the current times, this group of supposedly three crackers attributed thousands of thefts of profiles in social networks, and the income of half a million dollars in a few months through the extortion of victims From Ourmine they would have tried to extort the CEOs of Facebook, Google or Twitter, as well as other celebrities such as the well-known youtuber The Rubius. They even managed to access Julian Assange’s website! In some attacks, members have ensured that their actions are intended to raise awareness among users and instruct them about online protection.
Adrian Lamo: A Boston native, he became known as the “wanderer hacker” as he traveled to various points with Internet access such as Internet cafes to carry out his attacks “in various jurisdictions” and exposing himself as little as possible. It broke into high-security computer networks, detecting failures in The New York Times, Microsoft, Yahoo !, Fortune 500 and Bank of America. He also betrayed Chelsea Manning, the soldier who allegedly leaked to WikiLeaks the video showing US soldiers killing a Reuters photographer and other civilians in Afghanistan, along with various classified documents from the U.S. Army. They showed criminal attitudes. For stealing information from the New York Times, Lamo was sentenced to six months of house arrest. Currently, he works as a journalist.
Vladimir Levin: Known for being an expert in the art of stealing money, in the mid-90s Levin was able to make, from his apartment in St. Petersburg, with 10 ten million dollars stolen customers of Citibank Bank. Once captured, he had to return the money and serve three years in jail, in addition to an economic fine of a quarter of a million dollars.
Alexsey Belan: This young Russian who does not reach thirty is the third most wanted cybercriminal in the United States. His crime? Hacking the systems of the three largest e-commerce companies in the world, as well as stealing and selling databases with sensitive information to millions of users to other hackers in the world, He is currently in search and capture; his steps have been followed by Eastern Europe, Maldives and Southeast Asia. The reward offered by Belan is $ 100,000.
Michael Calce: Another teenager turned into a top-notch cracker. On Valentine’s Day 2000, with only 15 years old, launched an attack that affected three heavyweights of the online industry: eBay, Amazon and Yahoo !, boasting for it with colleagues and in chats, after being condemned to limited use of the Internet. It is another one that has changed sides, since it currently works in a computer security company.
Soupnazi: His real name is Albert Gonzalez, king of the technique known as phishing. This hacker stole 170 million bank accounts from around the world, was convicted in 2008 and is currently continuing the sentence of 20 years in jail.