Three of the Most Famous Hackers of All Time

Hacking is one of those interesting professions, similar to a spy or conman, in which your level of fame is not necessarily an indicator of your proficiency or skill in the area. In fact, one could argue that, in hacking, the more famous you are the less skill you have in your job – namely hacking into things and getting out again undetected. In fact, most of the hackers on this list were caught and arrested for their crimes. However, two of them were subsequently given Gary McKinnon One of the most infamous hacking cases in European history, UK-born McKinnon (who has severe Asperger’s syndrome) was the perpetrator of the ‘largest military computer hack of all time’ when he attacked US military systems over the space of several months between 2001 and 2002. Causing $700,000 worth of damage, McKinnon deleted critical files on key systems – causing the entire Washington Network of the US Military to crash for 24 hours. After being caught he claimed was looking for evidence of UFO abductions, repressed technology and other conspiracy theories. The UK government of the day wanted to extradite McKinnon to the US to face charges that could see him potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. Many celebrities and media outlets supported McKinnon and his parents however, and it was claimed that there was a ‘high risk of...

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