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Who is the world's most famous hacker? What drove him to do his dirty deed?

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P-Kasso answers:

I'd say it was a British geek (we are still best at some things!) called Gary McKinnon who hacked into the Pentagon.

See the indomitable Sun for this article about the result of his court case...


Why did he do it?

Why did Edmund Hilary and Spike Milligan climb Mount Everest from the inside?

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siasl74 answers:

kevin Mitnick is the most famous (amongst the geek community).

Imprisoned for four years without trial in the USA, and he pioneered "social engineering".

Now he's a security consultant....

Supplement from 01/28/2009 11:14am:

as to why he did it - P-K probably has the best article.

McKinnon did it as he was looking for evidence of ET that he believes/d the USA has

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Russel.West answers:

This chap is a bit of a legend in Mac circles - Dino Dai Zovi

See this: http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/04/20/HNmachackedatconference_1.html?source=...

Supplement from 01/28/2009 02:57pm:

erm - for this hacker the bounty!

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