Famous Hackers


  1. Kevin Mitnick

    The U.S. Department of Justice called him the “most wanted computer criminal in U.S. history” — that’s how notorious he was. Kevin Mitnick’s story is so wild that it was even the basis for a featured film: Track Down.

    What did he do?
    After serving a year in prison for hacking into the Digital Equipment Corporation’s network, he was let out for three years of supervised release. But near the end of that period, he fled and went on a 2.5-year hacking spree that involved breaching the national defense warning system and stealing corporate secrets.

    Where is he now?
    Mitnick was eventually caught and convicted with a five-year prison sentence. After fully serving those years, he became a consultant and public speaker for computer security. He now runs Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC.

  2. Jonathan James

    The story of Jonathan James, known as “c0mrade,” is a tragic one. He began hacking at a young age, managing to hack into several commercial and government networks and being sent to prison for it — all while he was still a minor.

    What did he do?
    James eventually hacked into NASA’s network and downloaded enough source code — assets equaling $1.7 million — to learn how the International Space Station worked. NASA had to shut down its network for three entire weeks while they investigated the breach, costing an additional $41,000.

    Where is he now?
    In 2007, several high-profile companies fell victim to numerous malicious network attacks. Even though James denied any involvement, he was suspected and investigated. In 2008, James committed suicide, believing he would be convicted of crimes he didn’t commit.

  3. Albert Gonzalez

    Gonzalez started off as the leader of a hacker group called ShadowCrew. In addition to stealing and selling credit card numbers, ShadowCrew also fabricated fraudulent passports, health insurance cards, and birth certificates for identity theft crimes. to prison for it — all while he was still a minor.

    What did he do?
    Albert Gonzalez paved his way to internet fame when he collected over 170 million credit card and ATM card numbers over a period of two years. He then hacked into the databases of TJX Companies and Heartland Payment Systems to steal all of their stored credit card numbers as well.

    Where is he now?
    Gonzalez was sentenced to prison for 20 years (two sentences of 20 years to be served simultaneously) and is scheduled for release in 2025.


  1. Adeanna Cooke

    Most of the world recognizes Adeanna Cooke as an international model regularly featured in Playboy, but her fans are often surprised to hear that she is also a well-established hacker and amateur computer programmer. With very little in the way of training, Cooke taught herself the basics of hacking and often uses it to further her modeling career. When her images were illegally used to make money by her long-time partner, Cooke took on the project of protecting her images and hacked the website to remove all of the stolen property. After this event Cooke was named “Hacker Fairy” and found her calling within the hacking industry. She now helps professional models and other women from being taken advantage of online.

  2. Kristina Svechinskaya

    A Russian citizen, Kristina was a student at The New York University and is known to be a money mule hacker. Kristina apparently attempted to defraud several British and U.S. banks of millions of dollars using a Trojan horse. Will collective team efforts, she amassed a sum of more than $3 million by opening false bank accounts and using fake passports.Kristina was arrested in 2011 but released after signing a bond and paying $25,000 as bail. Had she been convicted, she could have been imprisoned for more than 40 years.

  3. Ying Cracker

    Ying Cracker is a slightly different breed of hackers compared to the rest of the clan. She has never been embroiled in any illegal or unethical work but neither is her work exactly clean either. Ying calls herself an educator and regularly conducts workshops, trainings and classes on hacking. Ying is a hottie, who believes that hacking is a useful skill and tries to teach as many people as possible, the core basics of hacking.She currently makes tailor made software for corporations that helps them understand on how to protect their data better and also offers herself for hire to hack into any software for a fee. Talk about being open and blunt!