History of Hacking-page-2

types of hackers in the history “the crackers”.  The worm was initially intended to test the affect on the MIT computers; however, it couldn’t confine itself to the MIT computers and ended up infecting 1/10th of the whole computer systems connected to the internet. The worm infected more than thousands of computers and causing serious damages to a lot of university’s computers. He was fined $10,000 and sentenced him to probation and 400 hours of community service.

The late 80’s has Kevin Mitnick, one of the most famous hacker and one-time America’s Most Wanted cyber criminal. Early into hacking, he used his SEing skills to get free rides using the Los Angeles bus transfer system. He kept the FBI and cops running after him for years, before he was finally arrested in Feb 15, 1995 in his apartment on the charges of 2.5 years of computer hacking cases. He confessed to four counts of wire fraud, two counts of computer fraud and one count of illegally intercepting a wire communication. However, according to him, he never used any of his hacking skills to get monetary profit or to cause any harm to anyone.

It was his curiosity to learn and explore which led him to all this way. His story is greatly described in his latest book “Ghost in the Wires”, in which he tells about his side of the story.

Arguably the best Social Engineer ever, he served five years in prison.

Now, he is a well known identity in the Information Security industry, where he does Cyber Security consultancy and hacks into organization’s computers, but this time, with all the permissions. He is also an author of two books “The Art of Intrusion” and “The Art ofDeception”. 

Kevin Mitnick and his popularity inspired a new generation of teenagers, turning into hackers.

Another popular hacker of that time was Adrian Lamo aka the “homeless hacker”. He got into the New York Times internal computer network in 2002 and added his name to the database of expert sources. He also broke into the computer networks of Microsoft, Yahoo and MCIWorldCom. 

In the following years, movies like “War Games” introduced the public to hacking and new cyber heroes are born.

Also, a hacker named “The Mentor” was arrested and published(1986) what today is known as “The Hacker’s Manifesto”.  The manifesto, being from a hacker’s pen, describes the psychology of a hacker, and how he sees the world.


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