Mikko Hyppönen

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Mikko Hyppönen
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Hyppönen at TEDxRotterdam 2011
Born Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen
October 1969 (age 45–46)
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[1][2]

#61 Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2011[3]

#43 on the 50 Most Important People on the Web 2007 list by PC World[4]
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 the Chief Research Officer for F-Secure. He has worked with F-Secure in Finland since 1991.[2]

Since the 1990s, Hyppönen has assisted law enforcement in the United States, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases and advises governments on cyber crime.[5] His team has been responsible for taking down the Sobig.F botnet.[6]

In 2004, Hyppönen co-operated with Vanity Fair on a feature, The Code Warrior, which examined his role in the Blaster and Sobig Computer worms.[7]

Hyppönen has keynoted or spoken at various conferences around the world, including Black Hat, DEF CON, DLD,[8] 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.[9]

Hyppönen has been a member of the advisory board of IMPACT (International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats) since 2007 together with Yevgeny Kaspersky, Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Professor Fred Piper and John Thompson.[10]

Hyppönen is a columnist for BetaNews and Wired.[11] He has also written on his research for CNN.

In 2011, he was ranked 61st in Foreign Policy‍ '​s Top 100 Global Thinkers report.[12]

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[13]

Computer security history[edit]

Hyppönen made international news in 2011[14][15] 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.[16]

Hyppönen has also been documenting the rise of mobile phone malware since the first smartphone viruses were found.[17]

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

Controversy on Twitter[edit]

Hyppönen has been very active on Twitter.[18] However, his account was banned by Twitter administrators in October 2009 and all his followers were removed.[19] This was because Hyppönen had posted a Tweet with a link to a phishing site as a warning to other users. After several days, he regained access to his account.[20] Despite these problems, Hyppönen was credited by Twitter for improving Twitter's security.[21]

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