10 Most dangerous hackers in the world

Trying to make the internet secure and safe place has become a billion-dollar industry. its an industrial design to do one thing, stay one step ahead of unethical hackers. Most of these hackers get in technologies at an early age as soon as they land their hands into computers. Here are 10 most dangerous hacker that ever lived…

Jonathan James

Jonathan James hacked into basically everything he could, from the Florida-based Miami-Dade school system to the US defense threat reduction agency, who is supposed to protect the country from weapons of mass destruction. He even found a way into NASA systems stealing 1.7 million dollars worth of software which could control the physical environment of the international space station. As a result, NASA was forced to shut down the system for 3 weeks which cost  $41000. This national security breach wasn’t taken lightly and in 2000 James was arrested and convicted on two counts of juvenile delinquency. His sentence, 6 months of house arrest, probation until the age of 18, and a written letter of apology to NASA. He was on the government’s radar from then on and in 2008 James’ house was raided when he was suspected of taking part in another series of hacks. But the possibility of being jailed for a crime he claimed he had committed evidently scooped James and it killed himself, despite not having been arrested for the crime.

9 Mackie Bevan and Richard Price .

A mentor is supposed to take you under their wing and show you the ways of the world. But instead sixteen-year-old Richard Prycet was shown the dark side of the matrix when he and his 21 year old mentor Matt Bevin committed a series of acts against government agencies, Together they have hacked the united states air force, NASA and NATO copying battlefield simulations and trying to find evidence of ufos. In addition the pair hacked into the korean atomic research institute database and copy the information onto the united state Air force systems. The us didn’t know who had given them the information and what concerned that  if North Korea found out, they can accuse them of spying potentially threatening a war in return .Luckily the data was South Korean meaning any potential tension could have been easily be De-escalated. The pair were fined $1500.

8. Edward Majerczk

Do you remember the nude photo leak in 2014 wittily referred to as ‘’celebGate’’ or the fappening by 15-year-olds with sticky palms? Well, this was down to several figures including Edward Majercik.  The serial hacker cracked the icloud and Gmail account of 100 of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence in order to obtain nudes for his personal use. But this didn’t last long and these nude images found their way into the internet for everyone to see. The photos made headlines worldwide and caused concern over the security of people’s private data. It seemed that hackers were able to break into icloud accounts with a simple email address. He was convicted of a hacking September 2016 and took responsibility for the invasion of privacy. It is believed he faced a 9-month prison sentence

.7 Gary Mckinnon

British citizen gary mckinnon has been called the most dangerous hacker in history after being accused of hacking 97 united states military and intelligence systems over a 13 month period Starting in 2002. on one network alone here cause 2000 computers to be shot down deleting weapons logs and other important files.  during another hack mackinnon got straight to the point and left a message ‘’your security is crap’’ on the u.s. military’s website. according to mackinon this campaign of messing with the americans was largely to do with his attempts at trying to find evidence of ufos. After hacking to nasa website he claimed to have found images of extraterrestrial spaceships.

He also claimed that he uncovered an excel spreadsheet detailing the names of non-terrestrial officers who work in us air force as well as the details of a space program named solar warden. He was eventually detained in 2002 when an American grand jury indicted him and called for his extradition. however, he wasn’t handed over and ten years later the British government throughout the case against him.

guardians of peace

In the autumn of 2014, Sony Pictures announced the planned release of the latest comedy,  the interview in which Seth Rogen and James Franco come up with an elaborate plot to kill the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un. But before the film could be released a group calling themselves guardians of peace demanded the sony pull the interview from upcoming screenings. They revealed that they had hacked Sony system and stolen information including 47000 social security numbers and a whole series of embarrassing emails. These purportedly revealed Hollywood secrets and celeb gossip including an email by Hollywood producers Scott Rudin in which he called Angelina Jolie a ‘’minimally talented spoilt brat’’ Not content with just embarrassing sony, the guardians of peace went on to release malware on Sony systems and   even threaten to commit terrorist attacks of film screenings if the interview wasn’t canned. While the US formally accused North Korea of the attack, there are those who say that it’s too convenient.The hackers have never been caught.

Karl  Koch

 Now to the dark days of the cold war. Karl Koch was a German computer hacker during the 80s who associated with a group called the chaos computer club. This group of renegades would hack into US government computer systems, and steal information and source codes to sell to the Soviet security agency the KGB .on that list was NASA as always, the US chief of staff data bank and the Max Planck Institute for nuclear physics. In 1989 the west german authorities discovered this espionage and Koch along with the other members of the club began to co-operate confessing to the crimes with a promise that they wouldn’t be prosecuted. Soon after his confession, Koch was found burnt to death in a forest near Celle in Germany. The death was officially ruled as a suicide but numerous conspiracy theorists believe he was killed by either the German state or the KGB to prevent further cooperation.

kevin mitnick

kevin Mitnick became the poster boy for hackers everywhere when in the early nineties he hacked into everything including Nokia, Motorola, and IBM. But in 1993 after making one hack too many in too telephone service company pacific bell. the FBI began investigating him. This manhunt was widely publicized and Mitnick went on the run for two and half years. He was eventually caught in 1995 and served five years in prison. The court found him so threatening for 8 months of his sentence he was placed in solitary confinement. law enforcement had convinced the judge that he could start a nuclear war by whistling codes into a payphone. No longer considered an international threat today, Mitnick uses his powers for good and works as a cyber security advisor for several of his former targets including IBM and FBI.

Albert Gonzalez

Even those hacking for the right side of the law can go rogue. In 2003 computer hacker Albert Gonzalez was working as an administrator for the website shadow crew.com which held auctions was stolen credit card information before he was arrested by the secret service. On his arrest he began cooperating with authorities and thanks to his information, they put away nearly 30 of his fellow hackers. But despite his co-operation with the secret service, from 2005 to 2007 Gonzalez is believed to have been the ring leader in a hacking operation the store approximately 175 million credit card numbers. That takes balls as does going with the 50 cents inspired operation named “get rich or die trying“. During his spree, it was rumored that he threw himself as $75000 birthday party and he once complained about having to count $340000 dollars by hand. The total amount of money stolen from the victims remains undisclosed .But in 2010 Gonzalez was eventually court and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Cutting sword of justice

The cutting sword of justice as they call themselves is a group of hackers who stated goal is to oppose several Arab states including Egypt Syria and Saudi Arabia. So far they have only picked on one group though, Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company. In 2012. the cutting sword of justice released of virus worm call shamoun. Shamoun damaged 30000 computers by searching for files in specific directories and deleting them. causing a massive headache for Aramco and placing 10% of the world oil supply risk. Why is this dangerous? well one of the main state suspected of being behind the cutting sword is Iran which suggests that these hackers are just a few codes away from further escalating tensions in the middle east.

Astra

Back in 2008 when the world was slowly sliding into the economic abyss of the credit crunch A 58-year-old unidentified Greek mathematician was arrested in Athens under suspicion of conducting potentially one of the most damaging hacks ever. The hacker going by the name Astra allegedly hacked into the French military contractor Dassault and spent 5 years stealing sensitive weapons technology information. According to Greek officials, Astra causes more than 360 million dollars worth of damages Desault but Astros mischief doesn’t end there. He then set about selling the information contained in some military jets used by India Egypt and France for 1000 dollars a pop anyone who wanted it .astra has never been officially identified but security analysts have said that the culprit was an insider who gained illegal access. He was sentenced to six years in jail.

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