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2/08/2012

FAMOUS HACKERS

Remember these are famous hackers not great hackers, because great hackers never get caught.

KEVIN MITNICK


BORN:- 6 AUGUST 1963 (LOS ANGELES) USA.

CURRENT OCCUPATION:- COMPUTER SECURITY CONSULTANT, AUTHOR.

WEBSITE:- www.kevinmitnick.com


LIFE SUMMARY :-He had a very unhappy childhood as his parents were divorced..He was a shy, lonely, overweight kid who was having problem making friends.His first illegal act was to bypass the punch card system, which allowed him to travel in any bus in LOS ANGELES for free.In high school he was introduced to phreaking, which is a way of studying experimenting and manipulating telecommunication systems, which he used for making free long distance calls.He gained his first unauthorized access in computer networks in 1979 at the age of 16 to the computer network of the company DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION. Later he hacked into pacific bell voice mail computer which led to issue of a warrant for his arrest due to which he fled and become a fugitive for two and half year, during this years he broke into the computer networks of many reputed companies, using just a laptop and cloned cellular phone to hide his location, but he did a great  mistake of breaking into the computer of security expert tsutomu shimomura, who became determined to find the intruder. with the help of shimomura FBI arrested mitnick on February 15 1995 at an apartment in Raleigh, north Carolina. For his illegal computer exploits he served five years in prison and was released on January 21 2000. He know runs MITNICK SECURITY CONSULTING LLC a computer security consultancy.
Names of some famous computer networks hacked by Kevin Mitnick :- FBI, PENTAGON, NOKIA, MOTOROLA, SUN MICROSYSTEMS, FUJITSU SIEMENS.


BOOKS AUTHORED
THE ART OF DECEPTION :- Download
THE ART OF INTRUSION  :- Download

A movie "takedown" was realesed on the chase of kevin mitnick which was based on the book "takedown" by  john markoff and tsutomu shimomura.




ADRIAN LAMO

BORN:- 20 feb 1981 (Boston) USA.
NICKNAME:- "DOCTOR" and "HOMELESS HACKER".
CURRENT ACTIVITES:- THREAT ANALYST AND JOURNALIST.

ADRIAN LAMO popularly called "homeless hacker" for his transient lifestyle was a former grey hat hacker.He performed many authorized and unauthorized  network vulnerability assessments for several high profile companies and firms.In 2003 he was arrested for hacking into the internal networks of "THE NEW YORK TIMES".Adrian Lamo's style was very different from that of other famous hackers. He did not like most expert hackers have any excellent programing skills or higher education,but his secret of success was his ability to get into the mindset of the architect of that security system and take advantage of mistakes done by them. Recently he was under much criticism from the hacker community for giving authorities information about Bradley Manning( US army soldier under arrest for allegedly leaking us cables to wikileaks).

Popular companies penetrated :- MICROSOFT, THE NEW YORK TIMES, YAHOO!, LEXIS-NEXIS, MCI WORLDCOM .




KEVIN POULSEN

Born:- 1965 (Pasadena, California)
Nickname:- "Dark Dante"
Current occupation:- Senior Editor at Wired news.

Website:- www.kevinpoulsen.com 
Blog:- Threat Level

Kevin Poulsen is one of the most famous hackers in the world. His hacking career began at the age of 17 when he hacked into US Defence's ARPANET using his TRS-80 computer. He had a day job, first at Standford Research Institute ( SRI ) and then at Sun Microsystem. Hacking took place mainly during the night. During this days he carried out many high-tech stunts which made him one of the best known cyber criminals. In 1988 Kevin got in trouble with the FBI, when the authorities came to know that he had hacked the database on the federal investigation of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. FBI got a warrant issued against him, due which he fled underground and became a fugitive. During this run from the authorities he carried out his one of the most well known hack wherein he took over all telephone lines for Los Angeles Radio station KIIS-FM ensuring he would be the 102th caller and win the prize (a Porsche 944 S2). One more interesting incident was, when he was featured on NBS's Unsolved Mysteries. Dramatically when his photo was shown on the show, the show's 1-800 phone lines crashed. He was arrested in 1991 when supermarket employees recognized him. He plead guilty to 7 counts of  mail, computer and wire fraud, obstruction of justice, money laundering etc. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $56,000 in restitution.
  After being released he worked as a journalist in SecurityFocus, where he enjoyed considerably success in the job. Later he became the senior editor of WiredNews in June 2005 where now currently he is. A biography of Kevin "The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen" by Jon Littman was published. 
  In October 2006 he again came in lime-light when he released information about his successful search for sex-offenders using Myspace. His work identified 744 registered persons with MySpace profiles, and led to the arrest of one, Andrew Lubrano.

About Author:

Hi, Its me Aamir Khan, Owner of HACKING ARTICLES. I am an Ethical Hacker, Pro Blogger, addicted Web Developer and Security Researcher with experience in various aspects of Information Security. I am from Pakistan.Hacking is my passion and i wanna myself to be called as a LEGEND in this field.

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