Anna Kournikova Virus

On February 11, 2001, a 20 year old Dutch student named Jan de Wit unleashed the infamous worm virus known as the “Anna Kournikova Virus” onto the world. On that day in February, using the handle “OnTheFly,” he posted the worm into a newsgroup and it quickly began doing its … Read More >>

Mirai Botnet

In the fall of 2016 Josiah White, Paras Jha, and Dalton Norman unleashed the Mirai malware into the world and were responsible for massive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks that crippled huge swaths of the internet.

The goal behind the release of the malware was to hijack thousands of … Read More >>

Matthew Bevan

Born: June 10, 1974, Cardiff, Wales

Unlike more nefarious criminal types, Matthew Bevan was an amateur computer enthusiast whose curiosity, not maliciousness, got him into a world of trouble. While some of his early adventures included “phone phreaking,” (getting free phone calls along with other types of mischief to do … Read More >>

Gary McKinnon

Born: February 10, 1966 – Glasgow, Scotland

Gary McKinnon spent his earliest years in Scotland and at age 14 got his first computer. From there he quickly learned the Basic computing language, and between the ages of 14 and 17 was totally “obsessed” with computers doing everything from writing his … Read More >>

Michael Calce aka Mafiaboy

Michael Calce known as “Mafiaboy,” was born in 1984 and grew up in West Island, Quebec a suburb of Montreal. He now describes himself growing up as a “bratty kid” from a divorced family who needed to be “preoccupied.”  He was given his first computer at 6 years old for … Read More >>