Mikko Hyppönen

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Mikko Hyppönen
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Hyppönen at TEDxRotterdam 2011
Born Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen
October 1969 (age 46)[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 the Chief Research Officer for F-Secure. He has worked with F-Secure in Finland since 1991.[3]

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

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.[8]

Hyppönen has keynoted or spoken at various 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 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.[11]

Hyppönen is a columnist for BetaNews and Wired.[12] He has also written on his research for CNN.

In 2011, he was ranked 61st in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers report.[13]

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[14]

Computer security history[edit]

Hyppönen made international news in 2011[15][16] 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.[17]

Hyppönen has also been documenting the rise of mobile phone malware since the first smartphone viruses were found.[18]

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.[19] However, his account was banned by Twitter administrators in October 2009 and all his followers were removed.[20] 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.[21] Despite these problems, Hyppönen was credited by Twitter for improving Twitter's security.[22]

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. ^ "Mikko Hypponen background at TEDxRotterdam". 
  7. ^ "TED profile". 
  8. ^ Shnayerson, Michael (January 2004). "The Code Warrior". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  9. ^ "Mikko Hypponen: Behind Enemy Lines (Hack In The Box Security Conference 2012)". 
  10. ^ "The Finnish Defence Forces Annual Report 2010" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "List of the members of the advisory board of IMPACT". 
  12. ^ "Wired Columns by Mikko Hypponen". 2012-06-01. 
  13. ^ Foreign Policy. The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers. December 2011.
  14. ^ GCHQ and NSA outsourcing cyber security tasks to third-party vendors V3.co.uk, 2013
  15. ^ "USA Today – Documentary examines the inception of PC viruses 25 years ago". 2011-03-08. 
  16. ^ "Mikko Hypponen: Combattere i virus, difendere la rete". 
  17. ^ "YoutTube – Brain: Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan". 
  18. ^ "Scientific American – Malware Goes Mobile" (PDF). 
  19. ^ "Twitter account @mikko". 
  20. ^ "ZDNet – Twitter suspends security researcher's account as a threat". 
  21. ^ "Webuser – Twitter ban for security expert". 
  22. ^ "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. 

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