Mr. Mikko Hypponen is the Chief Research Officer for F-Secure. He has worked with F-Secure since 1991. Mr. Hypponen led the team that took down the world-wide network used by the Sobig.F worm in 2003, was the first to warn the world about the Sasser outbreak in 2004 and named the infamous Storm Worm in 2007.Mr. Hypponen has assisted law enforcment in USA, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases. He has written for magazines such as Scientific American, Foreign Policy and Virus Bulletin.Mr. Hypponen has addressed the most important security-related conferences worldwide. He is also an inventor for several patents, including US patent 6,577,920 "Computer virus screening". He has been the subject of dozens of interviews in global TV and print media, including a 9-page profile in Vanity Fair.Mr. Hypponen, born in 1969, was selected among the 50 most important people on the web in March 2007 by the PC World magazine. Apart from computer security issues, Mr. Hypponen enjoys collecting and restoring classic arcade video games and pinball machines from past decades. He lives with his family, and a small deer community, in an island near Helsinki.
State of the Net 2010
Computer security has gone several distinct eras. Attacks morph and change every few years. However, the biggest changes we've seen have not been technical. They've been social. It's all about the attackers and their motives. If we don't do the right moves now, next these attacks will move to new platforms, such as smartphones. Making money by infecting phones is actually easier than by infecting computers. Most importantly, we need to be able to convince the authorities around the world to act together on these international crimes. The situation is not getting better; it's getting worse. I do believe the very freedom of the net could be at stake here.