Computer hacking for an illegal purpose has been around for decades.

Here are five persons that have beenĀ Famous, or infamous for Computer hacking.

Markus Hess made hacks on behalf of the KGB

KGB recruited The German Markus Hess to spy for the Soviets in 1980:s, he should break into U.S. military computers to access classified information.

From the University of Bremen in Germany, Hess used the German Datex-P network. Markus attacked 400 U.S. military computers, the military installations in Germany and Japan, the machines at MIT in Cambridge and the optimise-database at Pentagon.

Markus Hess ended up in prison for three years.

The first known wormRobert Morris created what would become known as the first worm on the Internet

Robert Morris created what would become known as the first worm on the Internet. Robert did not create the mask to cause problems; he said that it should give him an idea on the size of the Web. The worm starts to replicate at much higher levels and created more problem that Morris has predicted.

Robert Morris got three years probation, 400 hours of community service, fine on 10,000 dollars and to pay for the court costs.

Vladimir Levin hacking Citibank

Vladimir hack on Citibank was the first known, high-profile cases of a hack with financially motive. Mr Levin was the leader of a criminal gang in Russia.

The band gained accessed to accounts with Citibank’s network and stole millions of dollars in 1995.

1998 FBI arrested Vladimir, he got three years in a USA prison and a fine of 240015 dollars.


1999, when Jonathan was 16 years, he hacked Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville. Under the nickname “c0mrade.”

Jonathan downloaded proprietary software for the International Space Station. The officials valued for the documents stolen was 1.7 million dollars.

The incident forced NASA to shut down their computer systems in three weeks and cost them about 41 000 dollars to fix.

Adrian Lamo hacked New York Time

In 2002, the hacker Adrian Lamo only 19-year-old at the time, hacked the internal network of the New York Times. Adrian came over sensitive information, including one database of secret opinions writers used by the newspaper.

Adrian added his name to the list of “experts” and “expertise,” he wrote “Computer hacking, national security, communications intelligence.”

He is are now working for U.S. government. And he was the one that uncovered the Marine Corps soldier, Bradley Manning as Wikileaks informant.