In Cyber security world,the person who is able to discover a weakness in the system and manages to exploit it to accomplish his goal (Good or Bad) is reffered as Hacker, and the process is reffered as Hacking.Nowdays people think that hacking is only hijacking accounts or defacing websites.
Yes,it is part of hacking field but it doesn’t mean that is all thereis is not even the tip of icebergs.Basically, Hacking is the practice of modifying the features of a system or finding a loophole, in order to accomplish a goal outside of the creators original purpose.
Due to mass attention given to the so called “BLACKHATS” OR “CRACKERS” from the media, the reputation of all hackers ,even the good one is damaged.
The aim of this article is to introduce people true philosophy and ethics of the irrelevant world of hacking,hopefully clearing their name and giving them the social status they deserve.
1.Kevin Mitnick(condor) :
In 1979, he first gain the unauthorised access to a computer by the help of his friend. In 1988, he also broke into DEC’S computer network and copied their software. He also hacked into Pacific bell voice mail computer.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice Mitnick gained unauthorized access to dozens of computer networks while he was a fugitive. He used cloned cellular phones to hide his location and, among other things, copied valuable proprietary software from some of the country’s largest cellular telephone and computer companies. Mitnick also intercepted and stole computer passwords, altered computer networks, and broke into and read private e-mails.
2.Vladimir Levin :
In 1994, he is arrested for the crime of stealing USD 4.7 million from citibank’s computer.
3.Mathew Bevan :
In 1996, he was arrested for hacking into secure U.S. government networks under the handle Kuji. At the age of 21, he hacked into the files of the Griffiss Air Force Base Research Laboratory in New York.
In 1996 he was also accused for having relation in hacking incidents to nasa, usaf,nato establishment.
4.Michael Clace a.k.a MafiaBoy :
In 2000, he launched a series of highly publicized dos attacks against large commercial website including Yahoo, Fifa, Amazon, Dell, Inc, Ebay,CNN and E*Trade.
5.Adrian Lamo :
In 2003, he break into several high profile computer networks including the Newyork times, yahoo, Microsoft. He claimed that U.S soldier Chelsea Manning had leaked hundreds of thousand of sensitive U.S government documents. In 2001, he was also praised by WorldCom for helping to fortify their Corporate Security.
6.Jonathan James a.k.a c0mrade :
He was an first American Hacker who was the first juvenile incarcerated for Cybercrime in the U.S.
James committed a series of intrusions into various systems, including those of BellSouth and the Miami-Dade school system.
One of my favourite, he has 20 years IT experience experience in IT, with roles in programming, network implementation and support, business and domestic internet support, website coding and technologies and search engine optimisation. In 2002, he was accused fir the biggest military hack of all time. Although he confessed that he was looking for the evidence of free energy suppression and a cover-up of UFO activity. He was accused for hacking 97 us military and nasa conputers with the name of solo at his girlfriend’s aunt home LONDON. He claimed on NASA having the alien technology.
McKinnon was also accused of copying data, account files and passwords onto his own computer. US authorities stated the cost of tracking and correcting the problems he caused was over $700,000.
A book named A MOTHER’S STORY by Jain sharp published on 2013 for saving gary micknnon.
8.LulzSecurity (lulzsec) :
A black hat hacker group that claimed responsibility for several high profile attacks, including the compromise of user accounts from Sony Pictures in 2011.it was also responsible for taking cia website offline. The thing interesting about this group was its sarcastic messages posted in the aftermath of its attack. Hector monsegur, one the member of the group, later helped in tracking other members of the group as a part of Plea deal.
9.Astra (sanskrit word for Weapon) :
A 58-year-old Greek mathematician hacked into the computer system of France’s Dassault Group over a period of five years, stealing weapons technology data and 3D modeling software that he then sold to at least 250 people in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, and the Middle East.
10.Albert Gonzalez :
American Hacker responsible for the one of biggest fraud in History. He was accused for masterminding the combined credit card theft and subsequent reselling of more than 170 million card and ATM numbers from 2005 through 2007.