The youth, known as "cOmrade" on the Internet, pleaded guilty to intercepting 3,300email messages at one of the Defense Department's most sensitive operations and stealingdata from 13 NASA computers, including some devoted to the new International SpaceStation. James gained notoriety when he became the first juvenile to be sent to prison for hacking. Hewas sentenced at 16 years old. He installed a backdoor into a Defense Threat Reduction Agency server.The DTRA is an agency of the Department of Defense charged with reducing the threat to the U.S. andits allies from nuclear, biological, chemical, conventional and special weapons. The backdoor hecreated enabled him to view sensitive e-mails and capture employee usernames and passwords.Jamesalso cracked into NASA computers, stealing software worth approximately $1.7 million. According tothe Department of Justice, “The software supported the International Space Station’s physicalenvironment, including control of the temperature and humidity within the living space.” NASA wasforced to shut down its computer systems, ultimately racking up a $41,000 cost.
Dubbed the “homeless hacker,” he used Internet connections at Kinko’s, coffee shops and libraries todo his intrusions. In a profile article, “He Hacks by Day, Squats by Night,” Lamo reflects, “I have a laptop in Pittsburgh, a change of clothes in D.C. It kind of redefines the term multi- jurisdictional.”Dubbed the “homeless hacker,” he used Internetconnections at Kinko’s, coffee shops and libraries to do hisintrusions. For his intrusion at The New York Times, Lamo wasordered to pay approximately $65,000 in restitution. He was alsosentenced to six months of home confinement and two years of probation, which expired January 16, 2007. Lamo is currentlyworking as an award-winning journalist and public speaker.
The Department of Justice describes him as “the most wanted computer criminal in United States history.” His exploits were detailed in twomovies: Freedom Downtime and Takedown. He started out exploitingthe Los Angeles bus punch card system to get free rides. Then, likeApple co-founder Steve Wozniak, dabbled in phone phreaking.Although there were numerous offenses, Mitnick was ultimatelyconvicted for breaking into the Digital Equipment Corporation’scomputer network and stealing software.Today, Mitnick has been ableto move past his role as a black hat hacker and become a productivemember of society. He served five years, about 8 months of it insolitary confinement, and is now a computer security consultant, author and speaker.
Also known as Dark Dante, Poulsen gained recognition for his hack of LA radio’s KIIS-FM phone lines, (taing over all of the station’s phone lines) which earned him a brand