It’s just their skill to manipulate operating systems, network ports and even the systems protected by strong firewalls that makes them powerful. Some snatched away millions of dollars from banking institutions, few others stole away confidential information from government websites and some underdogs defamed politicians and government agencies. Here is a list of top 10 most famous cases of hacking.
10. Italian job online:
Vladimir Levin, a big time hacker of his time, managed to penetrate banking network of Citigroup and transferred around $10 million into his bank accounts in the UK, Germany, Finland, Holland, Israel and other places in the year 1995. It was a daring feat, indeed. He was later arrested by the Interpol but only after he had successfully committed the big time forgery.
9. Melissa virus:
Written by David Smith, Melissa virus was one of the deadliest malwares of its time and completely destroyed the computer networks of 300 companies across the world. The total loss was reported to be about $400 million. Smith was later arrested and sent to prison to serve a sentence of five years.
8. Porshe lover:
One of the most weird-styled incidents of its times, Kevin Poulsen was arrested in the year 1990 in the US after he hacked all the phone lines in the LA City. It was announced on the radio station that the 102nd caller who would call in the contest hosted by the channel would receive a Porsche as a gift and Kevin hacked all the phone lines in the city to secure his victory. A bad idea, but what an idea!
7. BSNL hacking:
The largest state run telecommunications network in India was hacked in the year 2012 by a group called Anonymous India. The telecommunication network was slowed down substantially as a result and all the official websites that were based on the network bore the brunt. Interestingly, the group, which is often admired for activist-style actions, has not been traced till date. Some say, poorly run BSNL deserved this.
6. Arpanet hacking:
In the year 1983, Kevin Poulsen (yes, the Porshe guy), then a young student in college, hacked into Arpanet. Poulsen was too sharp for his age and took control over the Apranet that was considered as a precursor to internet and controlled the network that extended all over the US. Network security experts and firewalls were almost defenseless against the young hacker for some time.
5. Kevin Mitnick and his social engineering:
Infamous for his hacking episodes in the past, Kevin Mitnick was also referred to as “God of Hackers” for his indomitable hacking acumen. This notorious hacker was arrested in 1995 for his involvement in hacking of the computer systems of companies like Nokia, Fuji, etc. Mitnick was released in the year 2000 on parole. Later on, he described his act as a way forward in social engineering.
4. US military computer hack:
Gary McKinnon was arrested in 2002 as he was suspected of hacking 90 US military computer systems in UK. Sitting in England, Gary gained access to computer networks of the US Army. This created a storm in the US. Gary made headlines for many days to come. Although at liberty in the UK, Gary faces a 70-year jail term if he is extradited to US.
3. Sibal turns prey:
The Information and Broadcasting Minister (India) in UPA II, Kapil Sibal’s personal website was hacked by Anonymous India in 2012. Interestingly, Sibal and his IT engineers learnt about it after the news had already become one of the top trends on Twitter. His website remained down continuously for many hours before it was restored to normal. The group was protesting against curbs on free speech and internet censorship which his government had decided to implement on social networking sites.
2. Masters of Deception:
In the year 1993, a group called “Masters of Deception” hacked into the National Security Agency, AT&T and Bank of America. These were three big names that most hackers would never think of manipulating, not even in their dreams. The group hacked the phone systems of the companies and made their way into both the long distance and the short calls of the corporations.
1. Mafia Boy:
It was in 2000 that a youngster gained access to the operating systems of some of the big corporate names like eBay, Amazon and others through his hacking acumen. He repeated the same incident two times in a month. He was later arrested and famously coined with the name “Mafia Boy” by the media. Jailed at the age of 15, his real name is Michael Demon Calce. Take note the middle name.