Who were the grandfathers of hacking? Linus Torvalds? Steve Wozniak? Bill Gates?
What about Kevin Mitnick?
Kevin Mitnick started his hacking career hacking bus tickets, radios, and telephones. Later, he moved into hacking school computers and computer networks. He spent three years on the run from the FBI. His crimes? Breaching some of the largest telecommunication, financial, and technology companies of the time, largely by using social engineering. However, Kevin was different than the nation states and organized crime today. He didn’t hack for warfare or profit, he did it for the rush, the challenge, and the high he got from dominating the tech of his time.
Kevin is now a security consultant, performing penetration tests on site and remotely. But how did he get there? Interested?
You can also read about Kevin’s exploits (heh) in his book:
This book was a long time coming due to the restraints the U.S. government put on him upon his release. He wasn’t even allowed to use the Internet (a new phenomenon upon his release, as I recall it) for the first several months of his release, as referenced in the video below:
Could have been a gag, who knows.
Who are some of the prominent hackers you’ve read about? People that crossed to the dark side for the thrill and not the profits? DefCon, BlackHat, TedTalks, etc. all welcome.