With the constant need for new data and the unavailability of it for purchase on the dark web, it forced me to become an extraordinary hacker. I’ve always considered myself exceptionally gifted when it comes to reverse engineering, whether it be code, people, businesses, or websites. I’m telling you this because to me, hacking isn’t what’s portrayed on television and movies. Most people have the perception of hacking as fast-typing and matrix code being displayed on screen. It’s the complete opposite. It’s a slow difficult grind, that sometimes takes an extremely long time. I can recall working on hacking multiple sites spending hundreds of hours and even months on obtaining their databases.
I don’t recall the first “real” website I hacked, but some of the most notable ones that gained media attention and what ultimately led to my demise courtesy of the US Government were; airbnb.com, bitly.com, disqus.com, dropbox.com, facebook.com, flickr.com, groupon.com, imgur.com, kickstarter.com, kik.com, linkedin.com, netlog.com, okcupid.com, pinterest.com, rediff.com, reverbnation.com, shopify.com, vimeo.com, vine.co, voxer.com, wehearit.com, wix.com, and yelp.com. Now while I didn’t necessarily get the “key to the castle” to all of them, meaning I successfully dumped their database, but I certainly hacked into each of them in some capacity.
In my proposed plea agreement it stated that, “I possessed over 168 million stolen email user names and passwords and proprietary information belonging to nearly two dozen corporations.”
I made no exception to target any top tier website that would contain large databases, specifically in the Alexa.com’s top 100 websites. Some will say that my actions were extremely nefarious, but I still lived within my own code of not dumping anything other than emails, usernames, and passwords. It was a flawed code, but unlike most nefarious hackers, I still had one that I lived by.