Is this hooded cyber-bandit the web's most prolific hacker?

I've been watching the cyber-news pretty closely lately and one of the biggest challenges we seem to have is attribution. I mean, stuff is getting hacked left right and centre but who's actually responsible?? I started paying closer attention and I reckon I've worked it out - it's mostly this guy:

He fits the profile to a tee - hoodie, obfuscated face and an apparent love of binary, all calling cards of the modern day cyber-hacker. As you can clearly see from the image, he's suspected of perpetrating the massive Yahoo breach which is very serious business indeed. But it's when you start digging deeper that you realise how far this individual's cyber-raiding goes.

For example, there was real concern he might play an active role in manipulating the democratic process (which may actually explain some things now that I think about it...):

Vote Hacking

And look, it's not like the guy hasn't been meddling with the government before either, there was that whole Census Bureau thing a couple of years ago which definitely implicates him:

Census Bureau

There's good reason to suspect he may be state-sponsored as well, not just because of the government meddling mentioned above, but because of his Iranian ties:

Iranian Hacker

The Iran thing isn't just a one off either, the guy has previous form and right about now, you should be starting to seriously question if perhaps this isn't one arm of the Axis of Evil itself:

More Iranian Hacking

There's also the very high likelihood he's been involved in account takeovers, which I guess is inevitable with that much access to valuable user records:

Account Takeovers

What's more, he's clearly been suspected of playing a role in hacking a large number of vulnerable apps, something we should obviously all be very scared about:

Vulnerable Apps

It's not just "traditional" cyber-things he's been active in either, for example he's apparently using a rather ingenious technique that involves registering domains similar to other domains:

Typo Squatting

But then on the up-side, it looks like the bloke might get involved in a bit of television and let's face it - if they're looking for someone with experience then this is your man:

TV Series

I worry about the TV career though, because even with these opportunities in front of him, it seems he might also be a bit of a vigilante which could cause some setbacks in the showbiz world:


Now I don't want to alarm anyone here because I know there's a lot of support for the guy, but there's a chance this could be Edward Snowden:

Hacker is Snowden

And when you think about it... maybe it is? I mean he certainly has a track record in this space and the guy has a lot of time on his hands these days, perhaps this solves the mystery? Either that, or we may have been seriously misled by the media...

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Hi, I'm Troy Hunt, I write this blog, create courses for Pluralsight and am a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP who travels the world speaking at events and training technology professionals