Gary McKinnon is one of the most famous hackers around the world and was known by his internet handle called ‘Solo’. Under this name, he had put together one of the most extensive military computer hacks of all time. Out of curiosity, he had hacked around 97 US military and Nasa computers by installing a virus in it and deleting a few files. He had claimed to say that he was only searching for information on the UFO activity cover-ups and the free energy suppression.
Kevin Mitnick is known as one of the world’s most dangerous hackers. He was convicted of hacking Pentagon, Nokia, and even Motorola. He is said to have stolen corporate secrets and has hacked into the US national defence warning system. He had pleaded guilty to seven reckonings of fraud; computer fraud, wire fraud, and the illegal interception of a wire communication. He was later arrested and sentenced to five years of prison out of which eight months included solitary confinement. Currently, Mitnick is out of prison and is a consultant and a public speaker and also runs a computer security company called Mitnick Security Counselling, LLC.
Anonymous is a hackers’ group who calls themselves the ‘digital robin hood’. They are famous for hacking and attacking the government, religious and corporate websites. The CIA, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, The Vatican, The FBI as well as The Israeli, Ugandan, Tunisian, and the Chinese government have all been the victims of their attacks. Many of their members have confirmed their intent which is to attack the internet control and censorship. The public wearing Guy Fawkes Masks famously identify them.
Famously known as ‘Dark Dante’, Poulsen became famous after he had hacked into a radio station’s phone lines and had fixed himself as the winner caller and won himself a Porsche. He had later hacked into several federal systems and stole wiretap information. He was also found guilty of seven reckonings of wire, mail and computer fraud and money laundering. He was eventually caught at a supermarket and sentenced to 51 months of prison along with a fine of $56,000.
Astra is known as a weapon in Sanskrit and was the pen name of the world-famous hacker who dealt with weapon stealing and selling. He was a 58-year-old Greek Mathematician who had hacked into the systems of France’s Dassault Group and stole their technology data on weapons. He later stole it from other countries for five years! He had sold data from almost 250 individuals from around the world, and this had cost Dassault $360 million worth of damage. No one knows the actual identity of Astra, but officials have wanted him since 2002.