Mikko Hyppönen

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Mikko Hyppönen
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Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen

1969 (age 50–51)[1]
Other namesMikko Hypponen
OccupationChief Research Officer for F-Secure
AwardsVirus 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]

Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen (Finnish pronunciation: ['mikːo̞ 'hypːø̞ne̞n]; born 1969 in Finland) is a computer security expert and columnist. He is known for the Hypponen Law about IoT security, which states that whenever an appliance is described as being "smart", it is vulnerable.[6]


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.[7] His team took down the Sobig.F botnet.[8]

In 2004, Hyppönen cooperated with Vanity Fair on a feature, The Code Warrior, which examined his role in defeating the Blaster and Sobig Computer worms.[9]

Hyppönen has given keynotes and presentations at a number of conferences around the world, including Black Hat, DEF CON, DLD,[10] and RSA. In addition to data security events, Hyppönen has delivered talks at general-interest events, such as TED, TEDx, DLD, SXSW, Slush 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.[11]

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.[12]

Hyppönen is a columnist for BetaNews and Wired.[13] He has also written on his research for CNN, The New York Times[14] and Scientific American.[15]

In 2011, he was ranked 61st in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers report.[16]

Hyppönen coined the term "Cybercrime Unicorns" to describe cybercrime organizations that are worth over a billion US dollars - a reference to Startup unicorns[17]

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[18]

Computer security history[edit]

Hyppönen made international news in 2011[19][20] when he tracked down and visited the authors of the first PC virus in history, Brain. Hyppönen produced a documentary of the event. The documentary was published on YouTube.[21]

Hyppönen has also been documenting the rise of mobile phone malware since the first smartphone viruses were found.[22]

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.[23]

Mr. Hyppönen has been the Curator for the Malware Museum at The Internet Archive since 2016.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mikko Hyppönen interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the TWiT.tv network
  2. ^ Helen Martin (November 2010). "Conference report, Vancouver expedition" (PDF). pp. 6–7. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  3. ^ a b "short bio".
  4. ^ "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers".
  5. ^ "50 Most Important People on the Web". March 5, 2007.
  6. ^ "Quote of the Hypponen Law: Whenever an appliance is described as being "smart", it's vulnerable".
  7. ^ "Mikko Hypponen background at TEDxRotterdam".
  8. ^ "TED profile".
  9. ^ Shnayerson, Michael (January 2004). "The Code Warrior". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
  10. ^ "Mikko Hypponen: Behind Enemy Lines (Hack In The Box Security Conference 2012)".
  11. ^ "The Finnish Defence Forces Annual Report 2010" (PDF).
  12. ^ "List of the members of the advisory board of IMPACT".
  13. ^ "Wired Columns by Mikko Hypponen". 2012-06-01.
  14. ^ Mikko Hyppönnen (2012-06-05). "A Pandora's Box We Will Regret Opening".
  15. ^ "Articles by Mikko Hyppönen". Scientific American.
  16. ^ Foreign Policy. The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers. December 2011.
  17. ^ "Bank Infosecurity interview with Hypponen on Cybercrime Unicorns".
  18. ^ GCHQ and NSA outsourcing cyber security tasks to third-party vendors V3.co.uk, 2013
  19. ^ "USA Today – Documentary examines the inception of PC viruses 25 years ago". 2011-03-08.
  20. ^ "Fighting viruses, defending the net". TED.
  21. ^ "YouTube – Brain: Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan".
  22. ^ "Scientific American – Malware Goes Mobile" (PDF).
  23. ^ "Twitter Security – The following people have helped us keep Twitter safe for everyone. We very much appreciate their efforts". Archived from the original on 2014-07-10.
  24. ^ "The Malware Museum".

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