In 2008 Russian hackers managed to infiltrate a computer network that wasn’t even connected to the internet. Bugged USB drives were planted in a kiosk outside NATO headquarters in the hope that a NATO employee would happen to buy one and use it on their classified network, which they did.
In 1974, two phone hackers stood on a California beach and from two public phone booths intercepted every incoming call to Santa Barbara, and told the dialers the city had been wiped out in a nuclear explosion, causing a widespread panic.
George Hotz, then 17 years old, was the first to unlock a first generation iPhone and sold the iPhone for a Nissan 350z and 3 locked iPhones.
In 1986, a sysadmin looking into a $0.75 accounting error uncovered a KGB hacker that was stealing nuclear secrets.
In 2008, hackers gained unauthorized access to a NASA spacecraft’s control system but chose to do nothing with it.
Wired’s Editor once took over all the telephone lines for LA’s radio station KIIS-FM, guaranteeing that he would be the 102nd caller, and winning a Porsche 944 S2.
On February 11th 2013, hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System networks in Great Falls, Montana and Marquette, Michigan to broadcast an emergency alert that zombies have risen from their graves in several counties in Montana and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
In 2010, hackers successfully broke into Sony Music servers and stole every single recording done by Michael Jackson, including unheard studio sessions and unreleased songs, contained in over 50,000 audio files. They were never caught.
A 15-year-old blind kid was able to use his enhanced hearing to hack telephone systems by perfectly reproducing dial tones. He even went as far as faking calls to the SWAT team in order to have them surround the houses of his enemies.
A man was held in prison for four and a half years, without conviction, because law enforcement was convinced that he could start a nuclear war by whistling into a payphone.