Hacking and cybercrime involve a vast and diverse community of individuals with varying levels of skills and motivations. However, a few hackers have gained significant notoriety for their exploits and activities. Here are some well-known hackers:

  1. Kevin Mitnick: Kevin Mitnick, once considered the "most wanted computer criminal in the United States," was involved in numerous high-profile hacking incidents in the 1980s and 1990s. After serving time in prison, he transformed into an ethical hacker and security consultant.
  2. Adrian Lamo: Adrian Lamo was known as the "homeless hacker" and gained notoriety for hacking into various high-profile systems, including The New York Times, Microsoft, and Yahoo. He later worked as a security researcher and journalist.
  3. Gary McKinnon: Gary McKinnon, a British hacker, is known for hacking into several U.S. government and military systems, including NASA and the Pentagon. His actions raised significant concerns about the vulnerability of critical systems to cyber attacks.
  4. Anonymous: Anonymous is a loosely organized, decentralized hacker collective that gained worldwide attention for carrying out various hacktivist actions and cyber attacks on corporations, governments, and organizations they perceived as unjust or corrupt.
  5. The Shadow Brokers: The Shadow Brokers gained notoriety for hacking and leaking highly sensitive cyber tools and exploits allegedly belonging to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).