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kik

IRL Name: 
Azer Koçulu
Biography: 

Azer Koçulu is an open-source developer who had been publishing and maintaining his packages on npm for other developers to use and include in their packages. Out of his ~270 packages on npm, one of them was called kik, which helped programmers set up templates for their projects.

Kik also happens to be the name of a freeware instant messaging mobile app available on both android and iOS, from the company Kik interactive based in Ontario, Canada. Kik Interactive contacted him objecting to his use of the name, for which the company claimed intellectual property rights, and asked him to change the name. When Koçulu refused, Kik Interactive contacted npm management, who agreed to transfer ownership of the module to Kik without Koçulu's consent. Koçulu then unpublished all of his modules from npm, including a popular eleven-line code module called "left-pad" upon which many JavaScript projects depended. Although Koçulu subsequently published left-pad on GitHub, its sudden removal from npm caused many projects (including Kik itself) to stop working, due to their dependency on the Node and Babel packages.

In view of widespread software disruption, npm restored Koçulu's left-pad and made Cameron Westland of Autodesk its maintainer. The incident sparked controversies over the assertion of intellectual property rights and the use of dependencies in software development.

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Flint24

IRL Name: 
Aleksei Stroganov
Biography: 

Alexey Stroganov, who goes by the hacker names "Flint" and "Flint24" is a Russian carder has been a long-standing member of major underground forums since at least 2001. In 2006, Stroganov and an associate Gerasim Selivanov (a.k.a. "Gabrik") were sentenced to six years of confinement in Russia, but were set free just two years into their sentence. He was also arrested in Russia in March 2020 and 23 other hackers.

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Ferdinand E. Silva

IRL Name: 
Ferdinand E. Silva
Biography: 

Ferdinand E. Silva / F. E. SILVA is a Filipino computer programmer from Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines. He has written simple Windows OS viruses before the so-called "Hacked By Godzilla" virus. He was the one who modified "Hacked By Godzilla" virus and named it to "TAGA LIPA ARE" virus and replaced "MS32DLL" with "FS6519", pressing Ctrl + H (Find & Replace) with the script opened in Notepad.

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rebarz99

Biography: 

rebarz99 is a Filipino hacker and defacer in the early 2000s. He is a member of PHTeam.

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Omnipotent

IRL Name: 
Diogo Santos Coelho
Biography: 

He is the alleged founder and chief administrator of the notorious international cyber criminal marketplace RaidForums. He was arrested in January 2022 following a request from American law enforcement, which is seeking to have him extradited.

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BX1

IRL Name: 
Hamza Bendelladj
Biography: 

Hamza is an Algerian cyber-criminal and a carder who goes by the code name BX1 and has been nicknamed the "Smiling Hacker". He was on the top 10 list of the most wanted hackers by Interpol and the FBI for allegedly embezzling tens of millions of dollars from more than two hundred American and European financial institutions, via a computer virus, the "SpyEYE Botnet" that infected more than 60 million computers worldwide (mostly from the United States),which he co-developed with his Russian accomplice Aleksandr Andreivich Panin, aka "Gribodemon", to steal banking information stored on infected computers.

After a three-year chase, Bendelladj was arrested on January 8, 2013 by Thai police while making a stopover in Bangkok in transit between Malaysia and Egypt. He did not resist arrest. He said goodbye to his family as he was arrested and his wife and daughter continued their journey to Egypt without him. He was extradited in May 2013 to the United States. He was tried in Atlanta where he pleaded guilty on June 25, 2015. He faced a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of fourteen million dollars.

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Gribodemon

IRL Name: 
Aleksandr Panin
Biography: 

Aleksandr Panin aka Gribodemon is a Russian hacker who is one of the developers of the SpyEye Trojan that was used to attack online bank accounts. Panin was arrested in 2013 while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Trapped in an FBI sting, Panin was extradited to the U.S, on charges of distributing SpyEye between 2009 and 2011.

With the assistance of Bendelladj, a/k/a Bx1, Panin advertised and promoted the SpyEye malware on online, invite-only criminal forums, such as Darkode.com and other exclusive Russian-based criminal forums.

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Igor Klopov

IRL Name: 
Igor Klopov
Biography: 

Igor Klopov is a former blackhat turned whitehat. He made a name for himself in the world of computer crimes when he was just 24-years-old. The New York Times reports that Mr. Klopov, while living in Moscow, was able to successfully use the Internet to obtain more than $1.5 million in funds from the financial accounts of individuals on the Forbes 400 list. Klopov was charged by New York State in 2007 and sentenced to 3.5 to 10.5 years in prison.

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Fly, Flycracker, MUXACC

IRL Name: 
Sergey Vovnenko
Biography: 

Sergei "Fly," "Flycracker," "MUXACC" Vovnenko was the administrator of the fraud forum "thecc[dot]bz," an exclusive and closely guarded Russian language board dedicated to financial fraud and identity theft.

From September 2010 through August 2012, Vovnenko and his conspirators operated an international criminal organization that hacked into the computers of individual users and companies located in the United States and elsewhere. They used that access to steal user names and passwords for bank accounts and other online services, as well as debit and credit card numbers and related personal identifying information.

Vovnenko was arrested in Italy in the summer of 2014 on identity theft and botnet charges, and spent some 15 months in arguably Italy’s worst prison contesting his extradition to the United States. Those efforts failed, and he soon pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and wire fraud, and spent several years bouncing around America’s prison system.

After serving his 41 month sentence in the U.S., he was deported. He’s now hunkered down in Lviv, Ukraine, which is serving as a major artery for refugees seeking shelter outside Ukraine’s borders.

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Mental Driller

Biography: 

Mental Driller is the virus writer of Win32/Simile (also known as Etap and MetaPHOR).

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simile_(computer_virus)

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