Former “Mafiaboy” to Raise Awareness on Cyberattacks

Printers and other Internet-connected devices are one of the weakest links in data security.

So says reformed Canadian hacker “Mafiaboy” who teams up with HP Canada on a documentary about corporate cyberattacks.

The upcoming documentary, Rivolta, will tell the story of Michael Calce (pictured) — also known as “Mafiaboy” — who took down some of the world’s largest e-commerce companies in 2000 at the age of 15, causing an estimated US $1.7 billion in damages.

The reformed hacker now runs a company called Optimal Secure, aiming to find weak points in company networks and help businesses understand how vulnerable they are to data breaches.

It is said that 40% of Canadian companies have had a data security breach, and 56% of those breached said it happened through the printer.

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