Matt Honan, the journalist who made security enthusiasts and regular users understand the importance of two-factor authentication after hackers breached a number of his online accounts, has interviewed Cosmo the God, one of the most notorious hackers of 2012.
The 15-year-old member of the UGNazi collective – responsible for attacks
on the websites of numerous government organizations and companies such as Amazon, Apple, AT&T, 4Chan
and many others – has detailed his life before being arrested, his contribution to the group, and the day when authorities raided his home.
And, while Honan managed to get people to understand the importance of two-factor authentication and other best security practices, Cosmo made a couple of companies, including AOL and PayPal, change their account security procedures.
Currently, Cosmo is detained at a facility in Long Beach, waiting to find out his fate. In the meantime, the world will remember him as a skilled social engineer who, along with UGNazi, has managed to bypass the security measures of some of the biggest companies in the world.