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5 most notorious ethical hackers of the world

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 10:10 [IST]

5 most notorious ethical hackers of the world

We give you a list of 5 top hackers of the world in this article. These hackers, once upon a time took the internet world by storm. Now they are reformed and have converted their online hacking mechanisms to ethical hacking practices and thus are upholding cyber law.

When we hear the term hacker in the internet world, the first thought that comes to mind is unlawfully accessing other peoples' computers and stealing confidential data from them. We also know of hackers as cheaters who compromise important information.

But all hackers donot indulge in unlawful activities, there are quite a few hackers who mend their ways after indulging in unlawful hacking. These hackers are called Ethical Hackers. These people are also called Cyber Security Experts in various countries of the world. They also help in protecting and upholding cyber law. Details about such ethical hackers are given below:

Kevin Mitnick: America's notorious hacker, Kevin Mitnick had in the past indulged in hacking computers of the Pentagon, Digital Equipment Corp etc. He was arrested for the above acts and sent to jail. Ever since his release from prison, he has authored a book titled “ Ghost In The Waves” which deals with how he hacked systems present in various governmental establishments.

George Hotz: This 22 year old youth has the dubious distinction of having indulged in Apple iPhone Jailbreak and hacking the Sony Play Station 3. After Sony filed a case against him, Hotz has quietened down. Facebook has employed George Hotz as of now.

Robert Morris: In 1988, Morris had indulged in crashing of various computers through the internet. He was fined $10,000 for the act. Currently Robert Morris works as a Computer Science professor at M.I.T.

Max Butler: An ex FBI informant, Butler ran a website called CardersMarket that managed stolen credit cards. He was caught when using a stolen credit card along with his accomplices and was jailed for 13 years. Butler manipulated around 20 lakh credit cards and made around 86 billion dollars.

Kevin Poulsen: A Los Angeles radio had once announced a competition. According to this, the 102nd caller would get a car as prize. Desiring to win the car for himself, Kevin Poulsen hacked all the phone lines of the city and masqueraded as the 102nd caller and also got the car as prize. For this act, Kevin had to undergo a 5-year jail sentence. Currently he is one of the editors of wired.com

Story first published:  Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 14:48 [IST]
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