Charges framed against the 26-year old corporate cyber security consultant, Deric Lostutter, who helped in posting a video about the infamous 16-year old Steubenville, Ohio rape case, is a case in point.
Red-faced security experts at the BBC are having to explain how a hacker broke into their systems over the Christmas break.
The man who hacked into the email accounts of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis has been sentenced to ten years behind bars.
US federal prosecutors want Christopher Chaney to serve 71 months in prison and pay $150,000 in compensation for stealing naked images from Christina Aguilera, Renee Olstead and Scarlett Johansson.
The world of online security is frenetically paced, with a constant, ongoing battle between software companies and hackers.
I'm sure we're all familiar with Anonymous by now. The hacker collective has claimed credit for numerous attacks on corporate, government, and law enforcement websites around the world including the Vatican.
Hector Xavier Monsegur, the LulzSec chief hacker turned FBI informant, allegedly participated in a number of online attacks since 1999.
We all know crime doesn't pay, but sometimes hacking does pay.
Remember that famous scene in War Games when David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) used an IMSAI 60 computer to change his grades, along with Jennifer Mack (Ally Sheedy)?
A 19-year-old accused of hacking the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency's (Soca) website has been released on conditional bail.
An 18-year-old computer hacker who stole songs from various musicians - including the wildly popular Lady Gaga - has been ordered to serve 18 months of detention in Germany.
A hacker known as "b4d_vipera" recently managed to breach the website of Sony BMG in Greece,
uploading a database to pastebin.com which included the real names and email addresses of users registered on SonyMusic.gr.
Veteran hacker Jeff Moss - who founded both the DEF CON and Black Hat conferences - has been appointed VP and chief security officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
It seems as if hackers will always find a way of breaching even the most sophisticated and secure networks.
A former Gucci network engineer has been accused of breaking into the company's computer system and deleting data.
An Iranian hacker has claimed responsibility for last week's attempt to hack the internet's Secure Socket layer (SSL).
A federal judge has ordered William McGraw - aka GhostExodus - to serve 9 years in prison for hacking and compromising 14 computers at W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas.
A red-faced Sony has reportedly attempted to hire a prominent hacker in an effort to secure its electronic devices from modders and jailbreakers.
German security officials - acting on orders from Sony - have raided the residence of a notable and very talented Playstation 3 hacker known as graf_chokolo.
Spanish police have arrested a hacker who attempted to blackmail Nintendo over stolen customer information.