The Craziest Computer Hacks In History

Shellshock

Shellshock

Just months after the Heartbleed hack heard round the world, Shellshock, or Bashdoor, made its debut to make matters worse in September of 2014. By allowing hackers access to systems on Mac OS X and Linux computers, at least 3,000 separate systems were used against the U.S. Department of Defense and Akamai Technologies within just two days of the breach.

On the same day, the cloud-based application delivery platform Incapsula reported 17,400 attacks on more than 1,800 web domains. With the potential to compromise millions of systems and unpatched servers, the bug was easily compared to the massive system devastation that Heartbleed was responsible for.