In 2010 NY-based media company Gawker was hacked, exposing 1.3 million registered users’ logins and passwords. The hack was done by “Kayla” the supposed nickname of a 16-year-old girl who was instrumental in the hacking of HBGary Federal as well as other companies. According to the UK Guardian, two men were arrested and charged with the crimes committed as Kayla.
Parmy Olson, the London bureau chief for Forbes Magazine, wrote We Are Anonymous, telling the story of Kayla, including her Gawker hack and moving through her stint at WikiLeaks, where she and many other hackers were fooled by an anonymous leader posing as Julian Assange. Recently WIRED featured an excerpt from the new book, which can be found at the link below.