A professional security tester named Jayson E. Street, was once hired to attempt to compromise the computers and networks of a bank in Beirut. He succeeded in the compromise and found several exploits, but was soon shocked to discover he had just robbed/hacked the wrong bank.
A hacker, named Raphael Gray, posted stolen data of over 6.5k credit cards, claiming that the law enforcement was too incompetent to stop him. Gray’s arrogance annoyed ex-hacker Chris Davis so much that he found Gray’s information and informed the FBI about the crime, leading to Gray’s arrest.
The FBI has struggled to hire hackers because of the FBI hiring rule that the applicant must not have used marijuana during the last 3 years.
In 2010 a group of hackers hacked the 2010 School Board e-voting system in Washington DC, and got Bender (from Futurama) elected.
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.