5 Most Famous Hackers In The World, What Happened To Them



Most Famous Hackers

There are many notable hackers all around the world. There are mainly two types of hackers, first, who dominate the cyber world by breaking the secure firewall. Second, who is computer security experts and specializes in penetration testing.

The word “hacker” originally referred to 2nd type, it doesn’t mean “Criminal” or “Bad Guys.” Yeah! That’s true. There are good hackers and bad hackers! These days, benevolent hackers are often known as “White Hat Hackers” and sinister or bad hackers are called as “Black Hat Hackers.”


In this article, I’ll be taking about 5 most notorious hackers in the world. Here are the 5 most known black hat hackers and what happened to them.


Most Famous Hackers In The World

1. Jonathan James


Jonathan James was well known as “Comrade” in cyber world. At the age of 15 years, he was convicted and sent to jail in USA for hacking. He hacked many companies like Bell South, Miami-Dade School system, Department of Defense in 1999 and NASA. Yes, Jonathan James had hacked International Space Station and downloaded heavy amount of source code to learn how the international space agency (NASA) worked. NASA had been shut down their network for three weeks while they investigated the breach, which cost them around $41,000.

Office Max, Barnes & Noble, Boston Market and a number of high profile companies were victims of 2007 massive wave of malicious attacks. However, James always denied any involvement, but he was still suspected and investigated by law enforcement. In May 18, 2008, he committed suicide, he wrote in his suicide note, “he was troubled by the justice system and believed he would be prosecuted for newer crimes while he did nothing.

2. Vladimir Levin

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In 1995, Russian hacker Vladimir Levin accessed Citibank database and re-routed more than $10 million into other accounts. Shocking but it’s true, he didn’t use Bank internet to get access to the bank’s database. Instead, he tapped the call and listened to bank’s customer information.

According to the wall street journal, around $400,000 was recovered and pled guilty to one charge of making $3.7 million in unauthorized transfers. He had been sent to jail for three years and was ordered to pay back $240,000 to Citibank. On 2014, Federal Bureau of Investigation writes the following below.


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3. Kevin Mitnick

kevin mitnickKevin Mitnick is the “Most Wanted Computer Criminal” in U.S history. There are two featured films based on Kevin Mitnick – Takedown (2000) and Freedom Downtime.

What did he do? He hacked the cell phone and made free calls, he had stolen the code from companies like Sun Microsystems and Novell. Kevin also hacked into NSA (National Security Agency) phone calls. When he found guilty in many frauds charges, he had been sent to prison for five years. Nowadays, he works as a professional Security Consultant.

Kevin Mitnick Tweet4. Albert Gonzalez

albert gonalezAlbert Gonzalez was college dropped out from Miami, who stole more than 170 million credit and debit card numbers from TJX, Cos Inc., BJ’S wholesale Club Inc. and Barnes & Noble over a period of 2 years. That is equal to almost half population of U.S.

Gonzalez had been running own hacker group called “ShadowCrew.” This group stole 1.5 million credit card numbers and listed online for sale.  In 2010, he had sent to prison for 20 years.


5. Gray Mckinnon

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Scottish computer hacker, Gray McKinnon was popular as Internet handle “Solo.” He gained access 97 American Military Networks and NASA between 2001 and 2002, and leaving the message on military website, “Your Security is Crap.” However, he claimed that he was just searching for information about energy suppression and UFO activity cover-ups.  It has registered “Biggest Military Computer Hack of all the time.”

But, now he has reinvented as a SEO wizard and charging 40 Pounds per hour to help websites cum blog ranks.

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