Mikko Hyppönen

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Mikko Hyppönen
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Born Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen
October 1969 (age 46–47)[1]
Nationality Finnish
Other names Mikko Hypponen
Occupation Chief Research Officer for F-Secure

Virus Bulletin Award for Best educator in the anti-malware industry 2010[2][3]

#61 Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2011[4]

#43 on the 50 Most Important People on the Web 2007 list by PC World[5]
Website Mikko.Hypponen.com

Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen (Finnish pronunciation: ['mik:o 'hyp:ønen]; born 1969 in Finland) is a computer security expert and columnist.


Mikko Hyppönen is Chief Research Officer at F-Secure. He has worked at F-Secure in Finland since 1991.[3]

Hyppönen has assisted law enforcement in the United States, Europe and Asia since the 1990s on cybercrime cases and advises governments on cyber crime.[6] His team took down the Sobig.F botnet.[7]

In 2004, Hyppönen cooperated with Vanity Fair on a feature, The Code Warrior, which examined his role in the Blaster and Sobig Computer worms.[8]

Hyppönen has given keynotes and presentations at a number of conferences around the world, including Black Hat, DEF CON, DLD,[9] and RSA. In addition to data security events, Hyppönen has delivered talks at general-interest events, such as TED, TEDx, DLD, SXSW and Google Zeitgeist. He's also spoken at various military events, including AFCEA events and the NATO CCD COE's ICCC. Hyppönen is a reserve officer in the Finnish Army.[10]

Hyppönen is a member of the advisory board of IMPACT (International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats) since 2007 together with Yevgeny Kaspersky, Hamadoun Touré, Fred Piper and John Thompson.[11]

Hyppönen is a columnist for BetaNews and Wired.[12] He has also written on his research for CNN, The New York Times[13] and Scientific American.[14]

In 2011, he was ranked 61st in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers report.[15]

The two greatest tools of our time have been turned into government surveillance tools. I'm talking about the mobile phone and the internet. George Orwell was an optimist.

— Hyppönen on the PRISM surveillance in 2013[16]

Computer security history[edit]

Hyppönen made international news in 2011[17][18] when he tracked down and visited the authors of the first PC virus in history, Brain.A. Hyppönen produced a documentary of the event. The documentary was published on YouTube.[19]

Hyppönen has also been documenting the rise of mobile phone malware since the first smartphone viruses were found.[20]

The blog "News from the Lab", started by Hyppönen in 2004 was the first blog from any antivirus company.

Hyppönen has been credited by Twitter for improving Twitter's security.[21]

Mr. Hyppönen has been the Curator for the Malware Museum at The Internet Archive since 2016.[22]

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