May 22nd 2017 by hacker_ama • 18 Questions • 61 Points
My short bio: I was a blackhat hacker and served 2 years 2 months in prison, i'm on parole now. I was sentenced to 3 years and 6 month, but i was a nice prisoner and so i'm on parole now.
They got me after a partner in crime went to jail, he served his sentenced and started hacking again, they got him again and he revealed my identity for a lower sentence.
English is not my first language, obviously. Please ignore all those stupid grammar and translation mistakes.
My Proof: http://i.imgur.com/qJqAymn.jpg (its my penalty order and lists all my crimes, the entire letter is 21 pages in total) there was no media involved, so there are no articles in newspapers or something (thank god)
Crimes summarized: Sabotage of computers, fraud, preparation and committed spying out of data, dealing with stolen digital data, exploitation of secrets, forming of a criminal organization, instruction, approval and reward to commit crimes, money laundering, taking pictures and recording the voice of a person without permission.
If you were a hacker and sent to prison, shouldn't one of the conditions of your parole be limited internet access? Anyway, how did you learn to hack?
I'm from germany, there are not such parole rules here - which makes sense since a normal TV would be enough to hack into my neighboors WLAN.
"Learn" hacking, good question. Most people ask how or when i started hacking. I think you can't "learn" hacking, your mindset has to be "hacker"-like. Most people are pleased how their phone, laptop or clock works. I was never satisfied until i understood HOW it worked and HOW i can use it for other things.
Hey op, any possibility of you becoming an information system cyber security expert ?
Its hard in germany to get such a job without a college degree. But i will try it as soon as i can!
Did you make a lot of money doing the things you did?
Is it still possible today to make that level of money doing the same things or have things changed? (recent strict KYC regulations on everything to do with finance online seems to be a bit of an extra hurdle - or maybe it is meaningless?)
The police seized about 7.000€ in bitcoins and 20.000€ in cash. Well, thats what they seized. :)
Today you can make even more money with the same things, even with the same techniques.
KYC? Use bitcoins, trade from person to person or just steal someones identity. The rest is social engineering, the security system can be perfect - humans are not.
EDIT: typo - 70.000€ in bitcoins.. i just leave it there for the laughs.