As internet has changed our lives in many ways in the past decade or so, there has also been an increase in cyber crimes like hacking. In internet terminology, black hat hackers are people who hack the systems with malicious intentions.
Here is a list of top 10 best black hat hackers:
10. Albert Gonzalez
Albert Gonzalez has been regarded as one of the most notorious black hat hackers as he masterminded the biggest credit card and ATM theft ever. He was accused of stealing data from corporate networks and selling nearly 170 million ATM numbers. After being arrested, he had to face a sentence of 20 years for this cybercrime.
9. Michael Calce
Michael Calce, popular as MafiaBoy, is another well known black hat hacker. He maligned commercial websites such as Yahoo, Dell, Amazon and eBay, causing them to go on out of service mode. This young student indulged in such activities to establish his dominance in the cyber world.
8. Robert Tappan Morris
Next on the list of top 10 black hat hackers is the American computer scientist called Robert Tappan Morris, who was responsible for creating the Morris Worm, the first bug on internet. The worm caused damage to more than 6000 computer systems and led to Morris’s conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which was the first of its kind.
7. Vladimir Levin
Vladimir Levin is a Russian hacker, who created a stir by making a transfer of a whopping $ 10.7 million through the computer system of Citibank. However, he was nabbed soon and had to face a trail in 1997 which was held in USA and most of the amount stolen by him was recovered.
6. Kevin Poulsen
Next on the list is Kevin Poulsen, nicknamed as Dark Dante. He committed a stupendous hack on the phone lines of LA Radio and won a Porsche along with many other prizes by a fraudulent method. He was captured and had to serve a 5 year sentence for this act. Later, after he was released, he started a career in journalism and currently works with Wired News as a senior editor.