These days, clever hackers are able to get into much more than people’s computers, but also their voice mails, their cars, and even their diabetes monitors.
Here’s a look at some of the most famous hackers, what they hacked, and what happened to those who were caught. Next
Crime: Dubbed ‘‘Operation Hackerazzi,” Chaney broke into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, and other women and posted revealing photos and additional material on the Internet.
Status: Sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday, Dec. 17
Shown: Chaney leaving federal court in Los Angeles Next
Crime: Took credit for hacking Amazon and PayPal.
Status: At large, though several people have been arrested in connection with the crimes.
Shown: A demonstrator wore a mask during a protest inside the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Civic Center station on Aug. 15, 2011, in San Francisco. Next
Code name: “segvec”
Crime: In 2009 he plead guilty to helping organize massive credit card thefts from TJX Cos., BJs Wholesale Club, and other national retailers.
Sentence: 20 years in prison, the longest sentence for a hacker in US history
Status: In prison Next
Codename: “homeless hacker”
Crime: Hacked into The New York Times, found holes in the company’s software, and added himself as an expert to one of its lists. He also looked at Social Security numbers of contributors to the company, though he seemed to have done nothing with them.
Sentence: Six months of house arrest and two years of probation
Status: Working as a journalist and public speaker in Washington, D.C. Next
Crime: In 2000, at the age of 16, James was charged with hacking into NASA’s website and downloading $1.7 million worth of software. He said he did nothing with it.
Sentence: Six months in juvenile detention
Status: Committed suicide on May 18, 2008, two weeks after being investigated by the Secret Service for his involvement in the largest identity theft case in US history Next
Codename: “hacker poster boy”
Crime: Mitnick began hacking to get free rides on the L.A. bus system, but he was convicted in 1999 for breaking into several companies’ computer networks and stealing software in a 2½-year hacking spree.
Sentence: 46 months in federal prison
Status: Computer security consultant, author, and speaker Next
Codename: “Dark Dante”
Crime: In the 1980s, he took over all of L.A. Radio’s KIIS-FM’s phone lines to win a brand new Porsche and other awards. He also broke into a federal investigation database for wiretap information.
Sentence: Five years
Status: Senior editor at Wired magazine Next
Robert Tappan Morris
Crime: Creator of the first computer worm released on the Internet—the “Morris Worm”—in the 1980s when he was an undergraduate student at Cornell University. The worm slowed down an estimated 6,000 computers to the point where they couldn’t be used anymore.
Sentence: Three years of probation, 400 hours of community service, and a $10,500 fine
Status: Professor at the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Back to the beginning
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