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Being able to hack into other people’s computers takes a lot of skill and practice and the most successful hackers won’t leave a trace behind them. Sometimes it really doesn’t go quite as planned and some people might get caught trying to access secure files. Then there are those criminals out there that just seem to make the USA’s cyber security look like a complete joke. Some people who get away with it can’t help but to brag about it just enough to have them locked up in the slammer! From not learning your lesson the first time about hacking too much, to posting a video of yourself installing malware, here are the biggest hacking fails of all time.
5. Miss Teen USA Hacker
Imagine you’re just hanging out online and before you know it, someone is sending you naked photos of yourself telling you to pay up or else! That’s basically what happened to miss teen USA back in 2014. A guy who went to her school, Jared Abrahams was hacking webcams of anywhere from 150-200 people. People expected it to be some creepy old guy but Jared was about her age and in full creep mode. Jared knew what he was doing was wrong and if he didn’t start asking for money he might not have not gotten caught. He got 18 months for his 2 year hacking operation, terrorizing women and probably won’t be getting a date from Miss Teen USA anytime soon.
He originally started off as an American Computer security consultant but it’s possible his greed got the best of him. At the young age though he was able to find ways to take the LA bus for free after finding punch cards in the trash. At the age of only 16 he was able to already bypass flaws in people's computer systems and gain unauthorized access and he wasn’t even charged for the crime until 9 years later in 1988. He did his first year in prison for that one but it wouldn’t be the end of his criminal hacking career. Almost immediately after his release, he got right back to hacking and targeted Pacific Bell’s voicemail computers. He basically just caused all kinds of havoc, read through people’s private emails, stole passwords, altered networks. The controversy however comes from his arrest and conviction. Kevin was discovered with 100 cloned cell phone codes and a fake id. He certainly broke the law but people were opposed to him spending 8 months in solitary confinement and served 5 and half years in prison.
A man by the name of Jesse William McGraw was working at the North Central Medical Plaza in the city of Dallas when this hacking fail occured. While he was bored working the night shift, he decided to make some video of himself pretending to be a spy and breaking into the building on a covert mission. Although the video was supposed to be a joke, he filmed himself installing malware known as Botnet software on the medical plaza’s computer. You would typically expect hackers to be among some of the smarter criminals out there but they still make dumb mistakes like the rest of them! Jesse proceeded to make another video where he posed as an FBI agent and wore a badge which seemed to catch the attention of the FBI. The real feds finally found him in 2010 with the videos and was prosecuted. He was sentenced to 110 months in prison and was ordered to pay restitution to the medical plaza where he worked.
Sometimes big fails can lead to success so keep you head up! Our next desperate hacker was seriously looking for a job and created a word macro virus which would actually print copies of his resume at infected offices. If someone opened up a word file on fridays at the end of the month, it would lead to a virus that had the ability of interrupting print jobs and to those printers running copies of Buen’s resume. On the resume, it stated that “if I don't get a stable job by the end of the month, I will release a 3rd virus will remove all folders in the primary disk”. Threatening a potential employer for a job doesn’t always work too well but some how he managed to even get a better job because of this. At the time of the hacking, there were no laws in the philippines that made it a crime. Buen was eventually offered a job for a US based security company.