What are Some of the More Famous Hacks in History?
Kevin Mitnick, often incorrectly called the god of hackers, broke into the computer systems of some of the world's top technology companies: Fujitsu, Nokia, Sun Microsystems and Motorola to name a few. He was arrested by the FBI in 1995, but was released on parole in 2000. Mitnick never termed his activity hacking, he instead liked to call it social engineering. Regardless of what you call it, it is a crime and Kevin Mitnick has now donned a "white hat" and is said to now work for the forces of good.
Kevin Poulsen pulled off one of my favorite hacks in history. When a Los Angeles area radio station announced a contest to award a Porsche to the 102nd caller, Poulsen took control of the entire city's telephone network. Through this hack he ensured that he was the 102nd caller, and took away the Porsche. He was arrested later that year and sentenced to three years in prison. He is currently a senior editor at Wired News.
Adrian Lamo is responsible for some of the more visual hacks in history. From Yahoo! to the New York Times, he is credited with all types of network intrusions and security violations. The scariest thing about Lamo is that he bypasses security and gains unauthorized access to huge well protected networks with such ease. Lamo appeared on the NBC Nightly News at one point, and when challenged to prove his talents, he calmly gained access to the NBC internal network in less than four minutes, all while still on camera. After years of being watched by the authorities Lamo is now a security expert who helps companies secure their networks against hackers like him.