1Nicholas Allegra ‘Comex’
Nicholas Allegra announced on Twitter that he would be starting an internship with Apple this fall. Comex has successfully exploited Apple’s iOS mobile platform to allow owners to jailbreak their devices, even going so far as to provide a patch earlier this year for a particularly nasty vulnerability.
3George Hotz ‘GeoHot’
4Steve Kondik ‘Cyanogen’
6Jeff Moss ‘Dark Tangent’
8Peiter Zatko ‘Mudge’
A member of The Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC) and L0pht hacker groups in the 1990s, Peiter Zatko is now a program manager for the information innovation office at the Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). “Mudge” presented a session on password cracking and holes in Microsoft software at DEFCON in 1996.
Corporations hire Kevin Mitnick through his company, Mitnick Security Consulting, to hack their computer systems and report vulnerabilities so they can fix them. Stephen Colbert recently had him on his show and suggested the Federal government should hire Mitnick for cyber-attacks.