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Aug 14, 2012

The Greatest Hacks Of All Time

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The Greatest Hacks Of All TimeEver wondered what were the greatest hacks of all time that shocked the world and the victim-ed. Here are the top 5 :-

5.Hacking Into BBC – Live
It wasn't the most complex hack of all time, but it sure left behind an impact.

It was the first hack ever to be on live transmission during broadcast. On October 1983, Micro Live - the BBC's two hour live special on computers - was presenting a mesmerizing, little-known technology called 'e-mail'. The presenters displayed how it was imaginable to 'log on' to the computer and access their mail – only to realize, live on air, that their account had been hacked.

The hackers – Oz and Yug – left them a little song

Hackers' Song
"Put another password in,
Bomb it out and try again
Try to get past logging in,
We're hacking, hacking, hacking
Try his first wife's maiden name,
This is more than just a game,
It's real fun, but just the same,
It's hacking, hacking, hacking"
To their credit, the presenters reacted to it with good humour, and carried on the show.

The Greatest Hacks Of All Time

4. The Russian Job 

In 1995, a Russian nerd named Vladimir Levin did one of the bravest cyber crimes of the period – gaining entrance to the computers of banking giant Citibank, and cracking the computers to transfer around $10.7million into numerous accounts he and his partners had set up.
He was arrested at Heathrow, and eventually deported to the US and jailed for three years.



The Greatest Hacks Of All Time

3. The 102nd caller

Once again, not the grandest hack ever, but one of the boldest – when a Los Angeles radio station, KIIS-FM, announced a competition in which the 102nd caller to their station would win a Porsche, Kevin Poulsen – a notorious hacker who went by the name Dark Dante – simply took over the stations phone lines to guarantee that he'd be the 102nd caller.
After some time spent on the run, Poulsen was eventually captured and jailed for 51 months for his many hacking activities.
After his release from prison, Poulsen took a bit of a step down in the world – by becoming journalist.


2. Stealing NASA's 'crappy' software

Only 15 at the time of his greatest hacking achievements,  Jonathan James succeeded to hack into not just the US Department of Defense, but also into NASA – where he took software worth (NASA claimed) $1.7million, and forcing them to shut their systems down for three weeks.
The Greatest Hacks Of All Time
In an impressive display of effrontery, James said that he'd only copied the software to help him advance his programming skills - but that he'd been dissatisfied, because the code was 'stupid' and 'certainly not worth $1.7 million'.


1. No idea

obviously, we don't know what the paramount hack in history. Because if we knew about it, it wouldn't be the greatest hack, would it?

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