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 >>

SamSam Ransomware

The first appearance of what is known as the “SamSam” ransomware came towards the end of 2015, and some believe the group who are responsible for the malware comes from Eastern Europe.

Among its many victims the ransomware has targeted a number of healthcare organizations like Hancock Health, Allscripts, the … Read More >>

The Melissa Virus

In the Spring of 1999, the Melissa virus, officially called “W97M/Melissa.A@mm,” was unleashed and paralyzed email servers across the globe. Melissa infected thousands of computers and was one of the first major viruses to cause companies to shut down their emails servers, owing to the deluge of emails that the … Read More >>

Albert Gonzalez

Born: June 1981 – Miami, Florida

Albert Gonzalez grew up in Miami, the son of Cuban immigrants. He was given his first computer at 8 years old. Completely self-taught at the computer, those around him as a child him considered him a “genius.” He was also described as being a … Read More >>