Famous Hackers: Then and Now

By Jordan Robertson - 2012-04-19T17:38:08Z

Photograph by Jennifer S. Altman/For The Washington Post via Getty Images Magazine

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Adrian Lamo

Adrian Lamo was arrested in 2003 for breaking into the New York Times' computer network, adding his name to a list of expert sources and using a newspaper LexisNexis account to conduct research. He was sentenced to house arrest.

Lamo returned to the spotlight in 2010 when he reported to U.S. authorities that a young Army private named Bradley Manning allegedly told him he had leaked classified government communications to the secret-sharing site WikiLeaks. Manning was charged with illegally passing the information, while Lamo has been branded by some peers as a traitor, leading to his harassment on the Internet and at hacking conferences.