5 Hackers Who Flipped To The Good Side

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In popular culture, hackers are often cast as villains. They are the ones breaking into systems, causing mayhem and wreaking havoc. In reality, however, hackers come in all shapes and sizes. Some use their skills for good, while others use them for less than savory purposes.

There have been many famous cases of hackers who have been “flipped” to work for the good guys. In some cases, they were caught by law enforcement and given a choice: work for us or go to jail. In other cases, they simply decided to use their powers for good.

Here are five famous hackers who chose to work for the good guys:

1. Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick is one of the most famous hackers of all time. He was arrested in 1995 and spent five years in prison for his crimes. After he was released, he started working as a security consultant and has helped companies like Google and Facebook secure their systems.

2. Adrian Lamo

Adrian Lamo is best known for breaking into The New York Times’ computer network in 2002. He later turned himself in and worked with the FBI to catch other hackers. He now works as a threat analyst and has helped major corporations like Yahoo! and Microsoft improve their security.

3. Alexis Debat

Alexis Debat is a French national who worked as a hacker for the U.S. government. He helped track down terrorists after the 9/11 attacks and worked on several high-profile cases, including the capture of Saddam Hussein. He is now a security consultant and public speaker.

4. Jonathan James

Jonathan James was the first juvenile to be sentenced to prison for hacking-related crimes. He hacked into several high-profile companies, including NASA, and stole software that was worth over $1 million. After he was released from prison, he worked as a computer security consultant. He committed suicide in 2008 at the age of 25.

5. Neil McKinnon

Neil McKinnon is a British hacker who was caught breaking into U.S. military computers in 1999. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison. After his release, he started working as a security consultant and has helped several major corporations improve their security.


These are just a few of the many hackers who have been “flipped” to work for the good guys. While they may have started out on the wrong side of the law, they eventually decided to use their skills for good.