25 Fellows for 25 Years: Mikko Hypponen

Security & Privacy

army88As we celebrate our 25th anniversary over the next month, we’re paying tribute to the women and men who helped build the success story that is F-Secure. You can experience that story here and help us fight malware in our anniversary arcade game.

First we’d like to honor the man known as “the virus hunter”, our Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen who joined F-Secure on June 1, 1991. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

Where were you 25 years ago?

I was in the army. See the attached picture.

What’s surprised you most since you’ve joined F-Secure?

That all the antivirus competitors we had in the early days have disappeared or been bought by another company: every single one of them. We and Ikarus GmbH from Austria are the only ones left.

What’s your favorite piece of technology?

Right now? My Pebble. Over all time? My Atari Xevious upright coin-op.

What F-Secure memory is most irreplaceable to you?

The endless virus wars of 2003, where our small analyst team stayed awake for days at a time – to protect our customers.

How will the world be different in 25 years?

We should have singularity by then. Hopefully were still in charge. But we won’t be the most intelligent thing on the planet any more in 2038. This is assuming that the the Unix date bug of January 19th of 2038 at 03:14:08 won’t break everything.

What’s your 25th birthday wish for F-Secure?

That we will continue to proudly Serve and Protect.

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[…] Mikko Hypponen – 1991 Jyrki Airola — 1994 Pekka Usva — 1995 Kim Englund — 1996 Pirkka Palomäki — 1997 Ilkka Ranta — 1997 Veli-Jussi Kesti — 1998 Taneli Virtanen — 1999 Kalle Korpi — 2001 Mike Graham — 2001 Miska Repo– 2004 […]

[…] Mikko Hypponen – 1991 Jyrki Airola — 1994 Pekka Usva — 1995 Kim Englund — 1996 Pirkka Palomäki — 1997 Ilkka Ranta — 1997 Veli-Jussi Kesti — 1998 Taneli Virtanen — 1999 Kalle Korpi — 2001 Mike Graham — 2001 Miska Repo– 2004 Suh Gim Goh –2010 […]

[…] Mikko Hypponen – 1991 Jyrki Airola — 1994 Pekka Usva — 1995 Kim Englund — 1996 Pirkka Palomäki — 1997 Ilkka Ranta — 1997 Veli-Jussi Kesti — 1998 Taneli Virtanen — 1999 Kalle Korpi — 2001 Mike Graham — 2001 Miska Repo– 2004 Suh Gim Goh –2010 Orestis Kostakis — 2010 […]

[…] Mikko Hypponen – 1991 Jyrki Airola — 1994 Pekka Usva — 1995 Kim Englund — 1996 Pirkka Palomäki — 1997 Ilkka Ranta — 1997 Veli-Jussi Kesti — 1998 Taneli Virtanen — 1999 Kalle Korpi — 2001 Mike Graham — 2001 Miska Repo– 2004 Suh Gim Goh –2010 Orestis Kostakis — 2010 Harri Kiljander — 2010 […]

[…] Mikko Hypponen – 1991 Jyrki Airola — 1994 Pekka Usva — 1995 Kim Englund — 1996 Pirkka Palomäki — 1997 Ilkka Ranta — 1997 Veli-Jussi Kesti — 1998 Taneli Virtanen — 1999 Kalle Korpi — 2001 Mike Graham — 2001 Miska Repo– 2004 Suh Gim Goh –2010 Orestis Kostakis — 2010 Harri Kiljander — 2010 Pratima Potturu — 2010 […]

[…] Mikko Hypponen – 1991 Jyrki Airola — 1994 Pekka Usva — 1995 Kim Englund — 1996 Pirkka Palomäki — 1997 Ilkka Ranta — 1997 Veli-Jussi Kesti — 1998 Taneli Virtanen — 1999 Kalle Korpi — 2001 Mike Graham — 2001 Miska Repo– 2004 Morgan MacDonald — 2006 Suh Gim Goh –2010 Orestis Kostakis — 2010 Harri Kiljander — 2010 Pratima Potturu — 2010 […]

[…] Mikko Hypponen – 1991 Jyrki Airola — 1994 Pekka Usva — 1995 Kim Englund — 1996 Pirkka Palomäki — 1997 Ilkka Ranta — 1997 Veli-Jussi Kesti — 1998 Taneli Virtanen — 1999 Kalle Korpi — 2001 Mike Graham — 2001 Johan Jarl — 2002 Miska Repo– 2004 Morgan MacDonald — 2006 Suh Gim Goh –2010 Orestis Kostakis — 2010 Harri Kiljander — 2010 Pratima Potturu — 2010 […]

[…] Mikko Hypponen – 1991 Jyrki Airola — 1994 Pekka Usva — 1995 Kim Englund — 1996 Pirkka Palomäki — 1997 Ilkka Ranta — 1997 Veli-Jussi Kesti — 1998 Taneli Virtanen — 1999 Kalle Korpi — 2001 Mike Graham — 2001 Johan Jarl — 2002 Miska Repo– 2004 Morgan MacDonald — 2006 Suh Gim Goh –2010 Orestis Kostakis — 2010 Harri Kiljander — 2010 Pratima Potturu — 2010 Timo Laaksonen — 2012 […]

[…] Mikko Hypponen – 1991 Jyrki Airola — 1994 Pekka Usva — 1995 Kim Englund — 1996 Pirkka Palomäki — 1997 Ilkka Ranta — 1997 Veli-Jussi Kesti — 1998 Taneli Virtanen — 1999 Kalle Korpi — 2001 Mike Graham — 2001 Johan Jarl — 2002 Miska Repo– 2004 Morgan MacDonald — 2006 Suh Gim Goh –2010 Orestis Kostakis — 2010 Harri Kiljander — 2010 Pratima Potturu — 2010 Eric Wang – 2011 Timo Laaksonen — 2012 […]

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