IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: The World's Top 10 'Groundbreaking' Hackers
Kevin Dark Dante Poulsen
Kevin Poulsen was known as "Dark Dante" within the hacker community. He was best known for hacking phone systems, particularly at radio stations to win various prizes. His biggest prize was the Porsche 944 S2 from Los Angeles KIIS FM in 1990. He is currently a senior editor at Wired News and edits the Threat Level blog.
Every security professional worth his or her salt has a list of the top hackers of all time. Some lists may focus on complexity of the attack, and others may emphasize the amount of damage caused. The individuals on this list from Alan Wlasuk, a managing partner of 403 Security, are considered to have engaged in hacks that were ground-breaking at the time. The recent wave of cyber-attackers are breaking new ground mainly because technology is constantly changing, requiring methods and techniques to continuously evolve, Wlasuk told eWEEK. His top 10 list of hackers includes some of the "pioneers in the world of hacking" and some "great stories" about "interesting and weird" people, said Wlasuk. Some of the names on this list are hackers in the original sense of the word, the ones who tinkered with computers to figure out new ways to work with them or who were just looking for a challenge. Hackers are not always malicious but see their actions as a "chance to take control of something much more powerful than oneself," Wlasuk said. The label has been co-opted recently to include those who loot people's bank accounts or wreak havoc on the Internet, although this list contains one or two of those, too.