Office Max, Barnes & Noble, Boston Market and a number of high profile companies were victims of 2007 massive wave of malicious attacks. However, James always denied any involvement, but he was still suspected and investigated by law enforcement. In May 18, 2008, he committed suicide, he wrote in his suicide note, “he was troubled by the justice system and believed he would be prosecuted for newer crimes while he did nothing.
According to the wall street journal, around $400,000 was recovered and pled guilty to one charge of making $3.7 million in unauthorized transfers. He had been sent to jail for three years and was ordered to pay back $240,000 to Citibank. On 2014, Federal Bureau of Investigation writes the following below.
kevin Mitnick Kevin Mitnick is the “Most Wanted Computer Criminal” in U.S history. There are two feature films based on Kevin Mitnick – Takedown (2000) and Freedom Downtime.
albert gonalezAlbert Gonzalez was college dropped out from Miami, who stole more than 170 million credit and debit card numbers from TJX, Cos Inc., BJ’S wholesale Club Inc., and Barnes & Noble over a period of 2 years. That is equal to almost half the population of U.S.Gonzalez had been running own hacker group called “ShadowCrew.” This group stole 1.5 million credit card numbers and listed online for sale. In 2010, he had sent to prison for 20 years
Scottish computer hacker, Gray McKinnon was popular as Internet handle “Solo.” He gained access to 97 American Military Networks and NASA between 2001 and 2002, and leaving the message on the military website, “Your Security is Crap.” However, he claimed that he was just searching for information about energy suppression and UFO activity cover-ups. It has registered “Biggest Military Computer Hack of all the time.”But, now he has reinvented as an SEO wizard and charging 40 Pounds per hour to help websites cum blog ranks.