Fun fact: The court were chuckling when Gonzalez told the judge in his defense he was working undercover for the Secret Service when he committed the crime.
Your security system is crap, I am solo. A system administrator from Scotland wrote this exact quote in the United States Military network after hacking through 97 computers from the U.S armyâs network, and the NASA Database from February 2001 to March 2002. Interestingly, his hacking was done within the comfort of his girlfriendâs auntâs house in London.
McKinnon installed viruses and deleted critical files from the militaryâs operating system, causing the U.S army $700,000 worth of damages. The American court issued an extradition order for McKinnon to serve his punishment which he could serve up to 60 long years in prison if convicted of the charges against him.Now, hereâs the brilliant part, McKinnon claimed that he did all the hacking to search for information related to UFO activity cover-ups.
Dubbed as the Godfather of hacking, Mitnick started hacking back in 1979 till his eventual arrest in 1995. His hacks consists of trivial acts including infiltrating the Los Angeles bus transfer system to get free rides and manipulating phone companies to make free calls. Besides trivial acts, he has done major hacks at major firms like IBM, Motorola, Nokia, Fujitsu as well as hacking through the Pentagonâs system.
The amount of information that Mitnick accessed was worth over millions of dollars. Mitnick mastered an early form of computer engineering in order to successfully execute his hacks.
He was finally arrested in 1995, after 16 years of hacking. He served a sentence of 5 years in jail including 8 months of confinement.
After his release, Mitnick has started his own computer security firm and is now a successful Security consultant as well as being an author of his own book.
Well, who wouldnât want him to set up their computerâs system defenses?
Thatâs my take on the most prevalent hacks in history. Everyday there are many who attempt to test the system and get their hands on very secretive and lucrative data.
Who knows? Yours could be next.If youâve known a few high profile hacks, do share with us by leaving a comment below!