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.
5. George Hotz
George Hotz is another American black hat hacker, who has been the first person to unlock the iPhone and was also involved in the famous PlayStation breach of 2011, for which he was involved in a nasty court battle with Sony.
4. Kevin Mitnick
Another famous black hat hacker is Kevin Mitnick, who has been found guilty of several serious cyber crimes. He had been responsible for copying precious software from some well known computer companies as well as cellular network companies, he was even involved into stealing computer passwords and reading private mails.
3. Garry McKinnin
Garry McKinnon is the Scottish systems administrator, who was the man behind the largest hack in the history of US military, an incident which occurred in 2002. On this occasion, he hacked 97 computers of US military and NASA for a period of 13 months. He was later indicted by the jury for seven counts of cyber crime, each one carrying a jail term of 10 years.
2. Adrian Lamo
Next on the list of top 10 black hat hackers is the Columbian American hacker Adrian Lamo. The hacker worked from the most unexpected locations such as libraries, cyber cafes and coffee shops and attacked some of the biggest networks, such as those of Microsoft, Yahoo and The New York Times. He had to face a six month sentence later on, but is currently working as a threat analyst besides serving a non-profit organization.
1. Jonathan James
One of the youngest and most malicious black hat hacker is Jonathan James, who was the first person to face juvenile imprisonment for an internet crime. He committed serious cyber offenses against high profile organizations such as NASA and Department of Defense. The youngster shot himself and committed suicide in 2008, when he was just 25 years old. He took such drastic step to escape punishment at the hands of law.
All these black hat hackers committed cyber crimes of such serious nature that they caused a loss of millions to those who were targeted by them.