Hats off to the white hats. These hackers, who break into computer networks and digital devices to find holes before the bad guys do, have led to some of the most significant advances in securing the online world. Their findings have reshaped the way e-mail accounts, credit card numbers, and even ATMs and medical devices are protected from cyber-criminals.
With the annual Black Hat and DefCon hacker conferences in Las Vegas starting up in August, Bloomberg is revisiting some of the biggest showstoppers by some of the white-hat community’s most elite stars. Based on the following examples, you’ll be relieved to know that these hackers are on our side.