People

This section concerns people in cybersecurity — both the folks we celebrate and those with a nefarious reputation.

Ian Clarke: The Man Behind Freenet

Computer scientist Ian Clarke fell in love with coding when he was a child. His lifelong interest in technology — and staunch commitment to his ethics...

Ross Ulbricht: The Man Behind Silk Road

An enterprising young man turned black market magnate, Ross Ulbricht reinvented the Silk Road for the digital age. His darknet marketplace envisioned...

Who Is Linus Torvalds? (Creator of the Linux Kernel)

Widely considered one of the biggest geniuses in computer science, Linus Torvalds is best known as the creator of the Linux kernel — the core of many...

Mikko Hyppönen: Cybersecurity Superhero

Long considered one of the best minds in technology, Mikko Hyppönen has been waging war on malware for over 30 years. Born in Finland in 1969, he's...

Who Is David Bombal? (Cisco Hacker and YouTuber)

David Bombal is one of the world's most prominent Cisco experts, credited with helping thousands of people earn their sought-after Cisco networking certifications. Through...

Paras Jha: How a Brilliant Mind Unleashed a Computer Monster

Paras Jha, a self-taught programmer from New Jersey, made national headlines in 2017 as the creator of Mirai: one of the most successful — and destructive...

Who Is Onel de Guzman?

Onel de Guzman is a Filipino computer programmer and virus writer who is best known for creating the Love Bug virus. ...

Who Is Alexander Peslyak?

You may know Alexander Peslyak better by another name: Solar Designer. Under that name, he's led the Openwall project for over 20 years, producing...

Steve Bourne and the Bourne Shell

Every time you use a computer, you can thank British computer scientist Steve Bourne. As the creator of the Bourne shell in 1979, he elevated programming...

Discover the Creator of Nmap: Gordon Lyon

Most cybersecurity experts know Gordon Lyon by his pseudonym, Fyodor, but they all know him for his creation: Nmap, an incredibly advanced, feature-rich...

H. D. Moore: the Visionary behind Metasploit

H. D. Moore is one of the world's foremost cybersecurity researchers, but even if you don't know his name, you've probably been saved multiple times by...

Who Is Daniel Stenberg?

Daniel Stenberg is a Swedish computer programmer who created one of the internet's most important components: cURL, a tool that enables the transfer of...

Who Is Mati Aharoni?

Mati Aharoni is one of the biggest hidden forces in modern computing. As the creator of Kali Linux, he's responsible for bringing cybersecurity to...

Who Is John McAfee?

Eccentric, outspoken and innovative, John McAfee made a name for himself as the creator of the first commercial antivirus software. His program, McAfee...

Who Is Brian Krebs?

He is an investigative journalist who specializes in computer security. Brian Krebs runs Krebs on Security, a blog where he covers news and analysis on...

Troy Hunt, Have I Been Pwned?

Whenever a big hack occurs, Troy Hunt is one of the first responders on the scene. As one of cybersecurity's biggest public figures, he's made it his...

What Made Kevin Mitnick the Most Wanted Hacker?

Kevin Mitnick's knack for social engineering and unflappable curiosity had him hacking major telecom companies and tech industry giants when he was just...

Eugene Kaspersky: The Genius Behind Kaspersky Lab

Eugene Kaspersky is best known as two things: the founder of the antivirus company Kaspersky Lab and one of cybersecurity's most controversial figures. His...

QUOTE:
"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional