Image Source: Image Source: I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about how internet security works. I update my antivirus when I need to, but I have no qualms about sharing personal info and I probably post way too many pictures of my kids.
I’ve heard of something called a firewall, but I couldn’t tell you what it was or what it does. And I certainly know nothing of breaking through one. Or do you climb over it? Who knows. Not me, that’s for sure.
A lot of times, you’ll see where someone took someone else’s phone and made a post or posted a picture, claiming to have “hacked” the phone.
Or you get a weird inbox message from someone at random and when you go to ask on their page if they sent it, you see a message about how the didn’t send it, don’t open it, they’re been hacked.
That’s the extent of my experience with anything computer related. The following list contains 12 of the most dangerous hackers. They’ve done way worse than post something on an app you forgot to close out of!
1. Jeremy Hammond
Jeremy Hammond is currently serving 10 years for his cyber crimes. You might have heard of this Robin Hood of sorts. He’s the guy that stole 60,000 credit card numbers and donated to charity with them. Such a nice thing to do, right? But such a horrible way to go about it.
He is also known for hacking the Stratfor group and posting almost 1,000 sensitive emails to WikiLeaks. Some of the correspondence included secret details of Osama Bin Laden’s death, and plans for the United States to incite riots in Venezuela.
These were certainly huge revelations, but ultimately didn’t get him in too much trouble. The credit card fraud is what landed him in prison.
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2. Kevin Poulsen
These days, Kevin Poulsen is the news editor for Wired.com, and keeps a pretty low profile. He focuses on his writing for Wired, and he even has a book, titled Kingpin. There was a time, though, that he was deep in the world of hacking.
He once hacked into KIIS-FM phone lines to ensure he’d be the 102nd caller so he could win a Porsche 944 S2.
He has also used his talents for good, such as helping find people on MySpace looking for child porn.
He did end up spending five years in prison after he hacked into the computers at the FBI.
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3. Jonathan James
At the tender age of just 15 years old, Jonathan James hacked into NASA computers and stole $170 million in code. He installed a backdoor in the Defense Threat Reduction Agencies computers, which gave his access to messages and source code.
Because he was a juvenile, he was treated as such with a very light punishment.
He went on the straight an narrow after that and was keeping his nose clean. Lean when his name was implicated in the TJX stores hacking. He insisted he was innocent the entire time. He was so afraid he would be put in prison for something he didn’t do, that he took his own life in May of 2008.
H/T – Source