Mikko Hyppönen

Mikko Hyppönen
Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen

Speaking at the TEDxRotterdam conference in 2011
Nationality Finnish
Other names Mikko Hypponen
Occupation Chief Research Officer for F-Secure

Virus Bulletin Award [1]

#43 on the 50 Most Important People on the Web 2007 list by PC World[2]

Mikko Hermanni Hyppönen (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.[1]

Since the 1990s, Hyppönen has assisted law enforcement in the United States, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases and advises governments on cyber crime.[3] His team has been responsible for taking down the Sobig.F botnet[4]

Hyppönen has keynoted or spoken at various conferences around the world, including RSA, Black Hat and DEF CON. In addition to data security events, Hyppönen has delivered talks at general-interest events, such as TED, TEDx, 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[5]

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[6].

Hyppönen is a columnist for BetaNews. He has also written on his research for CNN.

Computer Security History

Hyppönen made international news in 2011[7] 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 is viewable on Youtube [8].

Hyppönen has also been documenting the raise of mobile phone malware since the first smartphone viruses were found[9].

The blog "News from the Lab", started by Hyppönen in 2004 was the first blog from any antivirus company[10].

Controversy on Twitter

Hyppönen has been very active on Twitter[11]. However, his account was banned by Twitter administrators in October 2009 and all his followers were removed[12]. This was because Hyppönen had posted a Tweet with a link to a phishing site. After several days, he regained access to his account[13].

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b "short bio". http://mikko.hypponen.com/bio.htm. 
  2. ^ "50 Most Important People on the Web". Mar 5, 2007. http://www.pcworld.com/printable/article/id,129301/printable.html. 
  3. ^ "Mikko Hypponen background at TEDxRotterdam". http://www.tedxrdam.nl/performers/mikko-hypponen/. 
  4. ^ "TED profile". http://www.ted.com/speakers/mikko_hypponen.html. 
  5. ^ "The Finnish Defence Forces Annual Report 2010". http://www.puolustusvoimat.fi/wcm/7de7de0047678fdb9215baf9f59cc682/pv_vsk2010_net_eng.pdf?MOD=AJPERES#page=13. 
  6. ^ "List of the members of the advisory board of IMPACT". http://www.impact-alliance.org/aboutus/profile-of-IAB-members.html. 
  7. ^ "USA Today - Documentary examines the inception of PC viruses 25 years ago". http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2011/03/documentary-examines-the-inception-of-pc-viruses-25-years-ago/1. 
  8. ^ "Youtube - Brain: Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnedOWfPKT0. 
  9. ^ "Scientific American - Malware Goes Mobile". http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Malware_Goes_Mobile.pdf. 
  10. ^ "First antivirus blog in the world". http://malware.wikia.com/wiki/F-Secure. 
  11. ^ "Twitter account @mikko". http://twitter.com/mikko. 
  12. ^ "ZDNet - Twitter suspends security researcher's account as a threat". http://www.zdnet.com/blog/projectfailures/twitter-suspends-security-researchers-account-as-a-threat/6327. 
  13. ^ "Webuser - Twitter ban for security expert". http://www.webuser.co.uk/news/top-stories/400464/twitter-ban-for-security-expert. 

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