Top 5 Hackers in the World

Hacking refers to the re-configuring or re-programming of a system to function in ways not facilitated by the owner, administrator, or designer. The term have several related meanings in the technology and computer science fields, wherein a “hack” may refer to a clever or quick fix to a computer program problem, or to what may be perceived to be a clumsy or inelegant (but usually relatively quick) solution to a problem, such as a “kludge”. 

The terms “hack” and “hacking” are also used to refer to a modification of a program or device to give the user access to features that were otherwise unavailable, such as by circuit bending. It is from this usage that the term “hacking” is often used to refer to more nefarious criminal uses such as identity theft, credit card fraud or other actions categorized as computer crime.

Here are the list of  Top 5 hackers in the world that created thier name in history books.

Kevin Mitnick

Born in 1963, Kevin Mitnick was the most-wanted computer criminal in the US at the time of his arrest. Mitnick also known as ‘Condor’ was arrested in 1995 for countless acts of computer fraud. Quite apt in the art of social engineering, Condor, at the age of 12, bypassed the card system used in the L.A. transit system. Mitnick just for the sake of ‘intellectual curiosity’ hacked into Digital Equipment Corporation systems, Nokia, Motorola, Fujitsu Siemens, and many others.

Kevin Poulsen

Born in 1965, Poulsen, also known as Dark Dante, is a former black hat hacker. He is best known for his takeover of the KIIS-FM phone lines, a Los Angeles based radio station. At the time, KIIS-FM was running a contest in which the 102nd caller would possibly win a Porsche 944 S2. With the intent of getting the Porsche, Poulsen clogged all of the lines and made himself the 102nd caller. He was arrested in June 1994 and charged with wire, mail, and computer fraud, as well as money laundering.

Adrian Lamo

Best known for breaking into The New York Times, Yahoo! News, and Microsoft, Lamo surrendered to the US Marshals on September 9, 2003. He went into hiding after realizing that he was being tracked. For 15 months Lamo was investigated by the F.B.I. on complaints of many cos. He plead guilty in court and was ordered to pay $65,000. He was also sentenced to home detention and probation afterwards. He is known as a grey hat hacker; he would find security flaws in computer networks of companies and report back to them, so that they could be fixed.

Robert T. Morris, Jr

In 1988, the Morris worm was created and Robert T. Morris, Jr was the one who created it. It was a first ever computer worm. He was a student at Cornell when he set off the worm from MIT, from MIT so as to hide his tracks. According to Morris, he just wanted to know the number of computers connected to the internet. The unintentional damages caused by the worm ranged in between $20,000 to $530,000. Morris did community service for the damages and was set free. Currently, he is a teacher in the field of computer science and electrical engineering at MIT.

Eric Corley

Better known by his pseudonym Emmanuel Goldstein, Eric Corley was a well-known hacker in the 80s and 90s. He faced trial in 1999 for sharing DeCSS codes and a method to download them. The codes allowed for decrypting of encrypted DVDs. His court case was the first to test the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Today, he owns a non-profit organization called the 2600 Enterprises, Inc. and publishes a magazine called 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.

52 Responses to Top 5 Hackers in the World

  1. Bilal Bhatti October 15, 2010 at 3:03 PM #

    Where is Geohot? =P

  2. Gagan Chhatwal October 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM #

    wow really cool information and very useful you guys rocked thanks for sharing such a precious and vital information !!!

  3. Amit October 15, 2010 at 4:28 PM #

    Nice information, i like Kevin Poulsen the most, cleaver person to drive in the porsche.

  4. Stan seo services October 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM #

    Very nice info friend. Thanks for sharing. Can u post Indian Hackers also?

  5. Not a fan October 15, 2010 at 6:41 PM #

    Kevin Mitnick is a tool bag. I get tired of hear about how such an “awesome hacker” that people make him out to be. As a IT Security Specialist (former black hat), I find him to be a product of my generation where “hackers” felt that all data should be free, and by god how dare they imprison Kevin Mitnick! “Free Kevin Mitnick!” shirts all of us idiots used to wear.

    The only true thing he was good at, was convincing other idiots that he was someone else, and giving him access to information. Yes, he was decent at social engineering — But I’d love to see him get away with that crap today. Find himself in cuba getting waterboarded….

    More than a tool bag…. a tool shed!

  6. Shinsawa October 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM #

    nice info, i hope i could be one of them. LoL, just kidding

  7. Google News October 16, 2010 at 12:54 AM #

    Adrian Lamo i think is one of the best among them as he really broke into some big companies websites.

    • The Zodiac H@ck3r September 7, 2011 at 1:39 AM #

      I also think he was pretty clever to but know one is better than me i created the website Defacer although it took me a while it was fun and successful !!!

  8. HR Haggard October 16, 2010 at 1:54 AM #

    Uh, why are they the top 5? They all got caught and went to jail. Where’s the info on hackers that are siphoning off millions of dollars as you read this and getting away with it? They are the ones we need to know about!

  9. Albatross October 16, 2010 at 2:59 AM #

    Actually the first computer worm was written in Minnesota in 1979 by Steven E. Collins, who wrote a piece of code on the MECC Cyber 6600 that propagated itself over shared storage space to the MERITSS Cyber 6600.

  10. vicky89 October 16, 2010 at 1:45 PM #

    not mentioning about those who did millions after being a hacker,.

  11. RTF October 16, 2010 at 11:39 PM #

    “Top 5 hackers in the world” is an awfully heavy title to paste onto an article which doesn’t go to much effort of explaining why this particular bunch have been named as such. These are five really interesting guys, to be sure, but the world is a very large place containing thousands of people whose Wikipedia entries could be partially summarized into short paragraphs at least as gripping as these.

  12. bitme October 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM #

    This is a list of the top 5 dumbest lets get caught by the cops hackers. The good ones you don’t even know about.

    • TheGooch November 7, 2010 at 6:47 AM #

      Precisely, a good hacker gets in and out and you never even know they were there. This list is more like the 5 Most Well Known hackers, aka the Ones That Got Caught.

      It’s a lot harder to be a hacker now than it was say, 20 years ago. A whole security industry has sprung up since then

  13. Free Ebook October 22, 2010 at 10:47 PM #

    Maybe you can add “Ayasweet” there….

  14. Close October 25, 2010 at 9:45 PM #

    The greatest hackers in the world are the ones who DON’T get caught. Sorry, guys.

  15. krishanthi October 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM #

    Where is Dr. Kasun de Zoysa (B.Sc (Col), Ph.D (Stockholm), MIEEE ?????

  16. Seedbox October 30, 2010 at 5:58 PM #

    I’m interested to know who the top five hackers are currently as most of these where hacking over 7 years ago.

  17. Sam November 3, 2010 at 1:01 AM #

    Though the title speaks of heavy weight people , those that have been caught but what we don’t realise is that hackers that virtually work for CIA and FBI are also professionally best hackers of the world and no matter what there is always a guy who will caught you no matter what tycoon you are.

  18. Slava Agafonov November 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM #

    I don’t believe that you did not put any Ukrainian hackers in this list. We are the best country by top hackers in the world.

    • Daniel April 17, 2012 at 3:03 PM #

      i want to become a hacker like u guys,pls i need guidelines, i am new to this

  19. peterson January 2, 2011 at 11:25 AM #

    Why it sucks most is that those gray hat hackers like Adrian La mo should be arrested yet helping organizations. Those kids should be taken to a kind of academy for further development of their talent…………They might hack the systems of supposedly alien systems ……………

  20. Deependra kushwaha May 15, 2011 at 4:11 AM #

    i am very interested to know about hackers or hacking thank man

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  22. kaneriamayur July 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM #

    me bhi hu is duniya ka mahan hacker….. mayur patel

  23. Stefan July 5, 2011 at 10:49 PM #

    Hello! I need a hacker to help me with a web site ….. my skype: stefanel3333

  24. lame July 8, 2011 at 7:32 PM #

    ooo this is the top hacker i hack pentagon many time beside i know the top secret behind the wallss hahaha my ip adress is fake my identiti my information fake all fake

    • The Zodiac H@ck3r September 7, 2011 at 1:42 AM #

      No I traced your IP with a kee logger it’s

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  26. Deependra kushwaha August 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM #

    hacking is not a crime…………..

  27. FIRECELL August 4, 2011 at 1:47 AM #

    hey gus this list is not top 5 list this is normal hackers hey lol…..

  28. jake August 20, 2011 at 2:51 PM #


  29. The Zodiac H@ck3r September 7, 2011 at 1:41 AM #

    It kinda makes me wonder why am i not on this list these little girls are noobs im invented and created the Conflicker virus !!!!

    • Zinger October 28, 2011 at 6:49 PM #


  30. zaroo maahi September 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM #

    i m real ye impressed………i m loving it……………and i do it……………..but how is possible.

  31. Nadeem Khan October 30, 2011 at 11:40 PM #

    You failed to mention GeoHot !

  32. LOL! November 7, 2011 at 9:24 PM #

    At Eric’s pic!
    NSA hat and that facial expression crowns it! 😀

    GeoHot might be popular right now, but he hasn’t atleast yet deserved a top spot with the likes of Kevin Mitnick.

  33. madan February 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM #

    even though they were hacker and done mistake but i love hacker and their work…..

  34. Cyb3rw0rM March 8, 2012 at 6:45 AM #

    Where is me? :)

  35. amol kumbhar March 16, 2012 at 3:56 PM #

    nice information.add more

  36. tejendra March 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM #

    I love hackers. They are super heros. Thanks for sharing this infomation………….

  37. RRN March 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM #

    good job !!!! continue posting stuffs like that.. dont listen to those dumb losers who dont even know abt hacking and says big dialogs… :)

  38. Praveen April 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM #

    I like hacker…..

  39. parth April 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM #

    GARY MCKINON was the biggest hacker of all time he hacked all the nasas computers and many other

  40. hazua May 3, 2012 at 6:04 AM #

    waw crazy persone …in a world …

  41. suraj May 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM #

    I think Adrian Lamo is a best hacker

  42. Internet Marketing May 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM #

    everybody is looking so cute… hehehehe but hope that they will use their mind in benefit of GOV.

  43. Kang White July 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM #

    really nice information..

    Give me a new knowledge..

  44. Suman August 22, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

    Beta chaliye jao

  45. kabzeee February 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM #

    these were men they need to be recognized

  46. Ebrahim March 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM #

    hi hello i wont to be hacker how to be

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