Cyber warfare is something we often find making the front pages these days. Be it a hacking program created by a teenager or an organized hacking campaign to bring superpowers down, the world wide web has had to face all kinds of hacking attempts.
The keyboard is an equally lethal weapon as a gun these days. Someone could rob all the money in your bank account with a creatively programmed virus.
Here, we have assembled a list of the most notorious yet successful internet hacks of all time. All of us should be afraid of the #10.
MafiaBoy was a 15- year old boy named Michael Calce from Canada. In the year 2000 when he was a high school student, he managed to hack into multiple commercial websites including Amazon and eBay through a DDoS attack.
The total damage according to reliable sources was $1.2 billion. He was sentenced to 8 months in open custody.
Morris was a student at the Cornell University in the USA. He is credited for creating the first computer worm that was successfully transmitted through the internet. According to him, the purpose of his worm was to explore the vastness of the world wide web.
This worm became the victim of a critical error and ended up damaging thousands of computers, causing a loss of up to 1$100 million.
In December of 2009, Google's Chinese headquarters detected a breach. It was found that this attack was designed to implicate the Chinese government.
Intellectual property was at risk and most of it got stolen by the hackers from multiple corporate servers. Google had to face a re-evaluation because of this attack.
It was back in 1999 when a 15-year old kid named Jonathan James did the unthinkable by hacking into US Defense Department's servers. He intercepted large piles of personal data including emails and passwords to military computers.
Using that stolen information, James got his hands on a NASA software that caused them a loss of more than $41,000.
A hacker named Kevin Poulsen made his mark in the field when most people didn't even know about hacking.
He hacked into LA phone lines to win a sports car on an ongoing radio contest. The FM channel was offering a Porsche to its 102nd caller. Kevin blocked all other callers and proclaimed himself the winner by being the 102nd caller.