Mikko Hyppönen

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Mikko Hyppönen
Hyppönen in 2006
Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen

(1969-10-13) 13 October 1969 (age 54)[1]
Other namesMikko Hypponen
Occupation(s)Chief Research Officer for WithSecure
Principal Research Advisor for F-Secure
AwardsCISO MAG Cybersecurity Person of the Year 2020[2]

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

Virus Bulletin Award for Best educator in the anti-malware industry 2010[4][5]

#43 on the 50 Most Important People on the Web 2007 list by PC World[6]

Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈmikːo ˈhypːønen]; born 13 October 1969) is a Finnish computer security expert, speaker and author.[7] He is known for the Hyppönen Law about IoT security, which states that whenever an appliance is described as being "smart", it is vulnerable.[8] He works as the Chief Research Officer at WithSecure (former F-Secure for Business) and as the Principal Research Advisor at F-Secure.


Mikko Hyppönen has worked at F-Secure in Finland since 1991.[5]

Hyppönen has assisted law enforcement in the United States, Europe and Asia since the 1990s on cybercrime cases and advises governments on cyber crime.[9] His team took down the Sobig.F botnet.[10]

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.[11]

Hyppönen has given keynotes and presentations at a number of conferences around the world, including Black Hat, DEF CON, DLD,[12] RSA, and V2 Security.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

Hyppönen is a columnist for BetaNews and Wired.[16] He has also written on his research for CNN, The New York Times[17] and Scientific American.[18]

In 2011, he was ranked 61st in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers report.[19]

Hyppönen coined the term "Cybercrime Unicorns" to describe cybercrime organizations that are worth over a billion US dollars - a reference to Startup unicorns[20]

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[21]

Computer security history[edit]

Hyppönen made international news in 2011[22][23] 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.[24]

Hyppönen has also been documenting the rise of mobile phone malware since the first smartphone viruses were found.[25]

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.[26]

Hyppönen has been the Curator for the Malware Museum at The Internet Archive since 2016.[27]

He published his first book in October 2021,[28] and its English translation, If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable, was published in June 2022.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Onnittelemme" [Congratulations] (pdf). Helsingin Reservin Sanomat (in Finnish). No. 3. 2019. p. 22. Retrieved 2021-03-16.
  2. ^ "CISO MAG Cybersecurity Person of the Year (2020)". CISO MAG. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  3. ^ "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers".
  4. ^ Helen Martin (November 2010). "Conference report, Vancouver expedition" (PDF). pp. 6–7. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  5. ^ a b "short bio".
  6. ^ "50 Most Important People on the Web". March 5, 2007. Archived from the original on October 20, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  7. ^ "Books by Mikko Hyppönen".
  8. ^ Hypponen, Mikko; Nyman, Linus (2017-04-19). "The Internet of (Vulnerable) Things: On Hypponen's Law, Security Engineering, and IoT Legislation". Technology Innovation Management Review. 7 (4): 5–11. doi:10.22215/timreview/1066. ISSN 1927-0321.
  9. ^ "Mikko Hypponen background at TEDxRotterdam".
  10. ^ "TED profile".
  11. ^ Shnayerson, Michael (January 2004). "The Code Warrior". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
  12. ^ "Mikko Hypponen: Behind Enemy Lines (Hack In The Box Security Conference 2012)". YouTube.
  13. ^ "Speaker Details: V2 Security".
  14. ^ "The Finnish Defence Forces Annual Report 2010" (PDF).
  15. ^ "List of the members of the advisory board of IMPACT". Archived from the original on 2015-03-29. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  16. ^ "Wired Columns by Mikko Hypponen". 2012-06-01.
  17. ^ Mikko Hyppönnen (2012-06-05). "A Pandora's Box We Will Regret Opening". The New York Times.
  18. ^ "Articles by Mikko Hyppönen". Scientific American.
  19. ^ Foreign Policy. The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers. December 2011.
  20. ^ "Bank Infosecurity interview with Hypponen on Cybercrime Unicorns".
  21. ^ GCHQ and NSA outsourcing cyber security tasks to third-party vendors V3.co.uk, 2013
  22. ^ "USA Today – Documentary examines the inception of PC viruses 25 years ago". 2011-03-08.
  23. ^ "Fighting viruses, defending the net". TED. 19 July 2011.
  24. ^ "YouTube – Brain: Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan". YouTube.
  25. ^ "Scientific American – Malware Goes Mobile" (PDF).
  26. ^ "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.
  27. ^ "The Malware Museum".
  28. ^ "Kirja - WSOY". www.wsoy.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  29. ^ "If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable". Wiley. Retrieved 2022-09-23.

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