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PostSubject: famous hackers   Tue 9 Feb 2010 - 2:09

BLACK HAT HACKERS( illegal mga techinque na ginagamit nila jerimiah)


Jonathan James: James gained notoriety when he became the first
juvenile to be sent to prison for hacking. He was sentenced at 16 years
old. In an anonymous PBS interview, he professes, "I was just looking
around, playing around. What was fun for me was a challenge to see what I
could pull off."

James's major intrusions targeted high-profile organizations. He
installed a backdoor into a Defense Threat Reduction Agency server. The
DTRA is an agency of the Department of Defense charged with reducing the
threat to the U.S. and its allies from nuclear, biological, chemical,
conventional and special weapons. The backdoor he created enabled him to
view sensitive emails and capture employee usernames and passwords.

James also cracked into NASA computers, stealing software worth
approximately $1.7 million. According to the Department of Justice, "The
software supported the International Space Station's physical
environment, including control of the temperature and humidity within
the living space." NASA was forced to shut down its computer systems, ultimately racking up a
$41,000 cost. James explained that he downloaded the code to supplement
his studies on C programming, but contended, "The code itself was crappy
. . . certainly not worth $1.7 million like they claimed."

Given the extent of his intrusions, if James, also known as
"c0mrade," had been an adult he likely would have served at least 10
years. Instead, he was banned from recreational computer
use and was slated to serve a six-month sentence under house arrest
with probation. However, he served six months in prison for violation of
parole. Today, James asserts that he's learned his lesson and might
start a computer security company.

Adrian Lamo: Lamo's claim to fame is his break-ins at major
organizations like The New York Times and Microsoft. Dubbed the
"homeless hacker," he used Internet connections at Kinko's, coffee shops
and libraries to do his intrusions. In a profile article, "He Hacks by
Day, Squats by Night," Lamo reflects, "I have a laptop in Pittsburgh, a
change of clothes in D.C. It kind of redefines the term

Lamo's intrusions consisted mainly of penetration testing, in
which he found flaws in security, exploited them and then informed
companies of their shortcomings. His hits include Yahoo!, Bank of
America, Citigroup and Cingular. When white hat hackers are hired by
companies to do penetration testing, it's legal. What Lamo did is not.

When he broke into The New York Times' intranet, things got
serious. He added himself to a list of experts and viewed personal
information on contributors, including Social Security numbers. Lamo
also hacked into The Times' LexisNexis account to research high-profile
subject matter.

For his intrusion at The New York Times, Lamo was ordered to pay
approximately $65,000 in restitution. He was also sentenced to six
months of home confinement and two years of probation, which expired
January 16, 2007. Lamo is currently working as an award-winning
journalist and public speaker.

Kevin Mitnick: A self-proclaimed "hacker poster boy," Mitnick went
through a highly publicized pursuit by authorities. His mischief was
hyped by the media but his actual offenses may be less notable than his
notoriety suggests. The Department of Justice describes him as "the most
wanted computer criminal in United
States history." His exploits were detailed in two movies: Freedom
Downtime and Takedown.

Mitnick had a bit of hacking experience before committing the
offenses that made him famous. He started out exploiting the Los Angeles
bus punch card system to get free rides. Then, like Apple co-founder
Steve Wozniak, dabbled in phone phreaking. Although there were numerous
offenses, Mitnick was ultimately convicted for breaking into the Digital
Equipment Corporation's computer network
and stealing software.

Mitnick's mischief got serious when he went on a two and a half
year "coast-to-coast hacking spree." The CNN article, "Legendary computer hacker released from prison," explains
that "he hacked into computers, stole corporate secrets, scrambled
phone networks and broke into the national defense warning system." He
then hacked into computer expert and
fellow hacker Tsutomu Shimomura's home computer,
which led to his undoing.

Today, Mitnick has been able to move past his role as a black hat
hacker and become a productive member of society. He served five years,
about 8 months of it in solitary confinement, and is now a computer security consultant, author and

Kevin Poulsen: Also known as Dark Dante, Poulsen gained
recognition for his hack of LA radio's KIIS-FM phone lines, which earned
him a brand new Porsche, among other items. Law enforcement dubbed him
"the Hannibal Lecter of computer crime."

Authorities began to pursue Poulsen after he hacked into a federal
investigation database. During this pursuit, he further drew the ire of
the FBI by hacking into federal computers for wiretap information.

His hacking specialty, however, revolved around telephones.
Poulsen's most famous hack, KIIS-FM, was accomplished by taking over all
of the station's phone lines. In a related feat, Poulsen also
"reactivated old Yellow Page escort telephone numbers for an
acquaintance who then ran a virtual escort agency." Later, when his
photo came up on the show Unsolved Mysteries, 1-800 phone lines for the
program crashed. Ultimately, Poulsen was captured in a supermarket and
served a sentence of five years.

Since serving time, Poulsen has worked as a journalist. He is now a
senior editor for Wired News. His most prominent article details his
work on identifying 744 sex offenders with MySpace profiles.

Robert Tappan Morris: Morris, son of former National Security
Agency scientist Robert Morris, is known as the creator of the Morris
Worm, the first computer worm to be
unleashed on the Internet. As a result of this crime, he was the first
person prosecuted under the 1986 Computer
Fraud and Abuse Act.

Morris wrote the code for the worm while he was a student at
Cornell. He asserts that he intended to use it to see how large the
Internet was. The worm, however, replicated itself excessively, slowing
computers down so that they were no longer usable. It is not possible to
know exactly how many computers were affected, but experts estimate an
impact of 6,000 machines. He was sentenced to three years' probation,
400 hours of community service and a fined $10,500.

Morris is currently working as a tenured professor at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory. He principally researches computer
network architectures including distributed hash tables such as Chord
and wireless mesh networks such as Roofnet.

White Hat Hackers ( legal techniques ang gamit,, at ginagamit nila ang
skills nila para makatulong)

Stephen Wozniak: "Woz" is famous for being the "other Steve" of
Apple. Wozniak, along with current Apple CEO Steve Jobs, co-founded
Apple Computer. He has been awarded with
the National Medal of Technology as well as honorary doctorates from
Kettering University and Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, Woz
was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in September

Woz got his start in hacking making blue boxes, devices that
bypass telephone-switching mechanisms to make free long-distance calls.
After reading an article about phone phreaking in Esquire, Wozniak
called up his buddy Jobs. The pair did research on frequencies, then
built and sold blue boxes to their classmates in college. Wozniak even
used a blue box to call the Pope while pretending to be Henry Kissinger.

Wozniak dropped out of college and came up with the computer that eventually made him famous. Jobs
had the bright idea to sell the computer
as a fully assembled PC board. The Steves sold Wozniak's cherished
scientific calculator and Jobs' VW van for capital and got to work
assembling prototypes in Jobs' garage. Wozniak designed the hardware and
most of the software. In the Letters section of Woz.org, he recalls
doing "what Ed Roberts and Bill Gates and Paul Allen did and tons more,
with no help." Wozniak and Jobs sold the first 100 of the Apple I to a
local dealer for $666.66 each.

Woz no longer works full time for Apple, focusing primarily on
philanthropy instead. Most notable is his function as fairy godfather to
the Los Gatos, Calif. School District. "Wozniak 'adopted' the Los Gatos
School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching
and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment."

Tim Berners-Lee: Berners-Lee is famed as the inventor of the World
Wide Web, the system that we use to access sites, documents and files
on the Internet. He has received numerous recognitions, most notably the
Millennium Technology Prize.

While a student at Oxford University, Berners-Lee was caught
hacking access with a friend and subsequently banned from University
computers. w3.org reports, "Whilst [at Oxford], he built his first computer with a soldering iron, TTL gates, an
M6800 processor and an old television." Technological innovation seems
to have run in his genes, as Berners-Lee's parents were mathematicians
who worked on the Manchester Mark1, one of the earliest electronic

While working with CERN, a European nuclear research organization,
Berners-Lee created a hypertext prototype system that helped
researchers share and update information easily. He later realized that
hypertext could be joined with the Internet. Berners-Lee recounts how he
put them together: "I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect
it to the TCP and DNS ideas and – ta-da! – the World Wide Web."

Since his creation of the World Wide Web, Berners-Lee founded the
World Wide Web Consortium at MIT. The W3C describes itself as "an
international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff
and the public work together to develop Web standards." Berners-Lee's
World Wide Web idea, as well as standards from the W3C, is distributed
freely with no patent or royalties due.

Linus Torvalds: Torvalds fathered Linux, the very popular
Unix-based operating system. He calls himself "an engineer," and has
said that his aspirations are simple, "I just want to have fun making
the best damn operating system I can."

Torvalds got his start in computers with a Commodore VIC-20, an
8-bit home computer. He then moved on to a
Sinclair QL. Wikipedia reports that he modified the Sinclair
"extensively, especially its operating system." Specifically, Torvalds
hacks included "an assembler and a text editor…as well as a few games."

Torvalds created the Linux kernel in 1991, using the Minix
operating system as inspiration. He started with a task switcher in
Intel 80386 assembly and a terminal driver. After that, he put out a
call for others to contribute code, which they did. Currently, only
about 2 percent of the current Linux kernel is written by Torvalds
himself. The success of this public invitation to contribute code for
Linux is touted as one of the most prominent examples of free/open
source software.

Currently, Torvalds serves as the Linux ringleader, coordinating
the code that volunteer programmers contribute to the kernel. He has had
an asteroid named after him and received honorary doctorates from
Stockholm University and University of Helsinki. He was also featured in
Time Magazine's "60 Years of Heroes."

Richard Stallman: Stallman's fame derives from the GNU Project,
which he founded to develop a free operating system. For this, he's
known as the father of free software. His "Serious Bio" asserts,
"Non-free software keeps users divided and helpless, forbidden to share
it and unable to change it. A free operating system is essential for
people to be able to use computers in freedom."

Stallman, who prefers to be called rms, got his start hacking at
MIT. He worked as a "staff hacker" on the Emacs project and others. He
was a critic of restricted computer
access in the lab. When a password system was installed, Stallman broke
it down, resetting passwords to null strings, then sent users messages
informing them of the removal of the password system.

Stallman's crusade for free software started with a printer. At
the MIT lab, he and other hackers were allowed to modify code on
printers so that they sent convenient alert messages. However, a new
printer came along – one that they were not allowed to modify. It was
located away from the lab and the absence of the alerts presented an
inconvenience. It was at this point that he was "convinced…of the
ethical need to require free software."

With this inspiration, he began work on GNU. Stallman wrote an
essay, "The GNU Project," in which he recalls choosing to work on an
operating system because it's a foundation, "the crucial software to use
a computer." At this time, the GNU/Linux
version of the operating system uses the Linux kernel started by
Torvalds. GNU is distributed under "copyleft," a method that employs
copyright law to allow users to use, modify, copy and distribute the

Stallman's life continues to revolve around the promotion of free
software. He works against movements like Digital Rights Management (or
as he prefers, Digital Restrictions Management) through organizations
like Free Software Foundation and League for Programming Freedom. He has
received extensive recognition for his work, including awards,
fellowships and four honorary doctorates.

Tsutomu Shimomura: Shimomura reached fame in an unfortunate
manner: he was hacked by Kevin Mitnick. Following this personal attack,
he made it his cause to help the FBI capture him.

Shimomura's work to catch Mitnick is commendable, but he is not
without his own dark side. Author Bruce Sterling recalls: "He pulls out
this AT&T cellphone, pulls it out of the shrinkwrap, finger-hacks
it, and starts monitoring phone calls going up and down Capitol Hill
while an FBI agent is standing at his shoulder, listening to him."

Shimomura out-hacked Mitnick to bring him down. Shortly after
finding out about the intrusion, he rallied a team and got to work
finding Mitnick. Using Mitnick's cell phone, they tracked him near
Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The article, "SDSC Computer Experts Help FBI Capture Computer Terrorist" recounts how Shimomura
pinpointed Mitnick's location. Armed with a technician from the phone
company, Shimomura "used a cellular frequency direction-finding antenna
hooked up to a laptop to narrow the search to an apartment complex."
Mitnick was arrested shortly thereafter. Following the pursuit,
Shimomura wrote a book about the incident with journalist John Markoff,
which was later turned into a movie.
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