Radical Tomato is a hacker and internet vigilante who came into the public eye in 2023. Radical Tomato’s activities fall somewhere between white and black hat hackers on a variety of spectra: while Radical Tomato has disclosed the vulnerabilities of many systems and does not hack for personal gain, many black hat hackers have suggested that Radical Tomato has targeted them with malicious intentions.
Radical Tomato’s identity is still unknown. Numerous suspects have been named by law enforcement officials and amateur cyber investigators, but no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced.
Radical Tomato first came onto the scene on May 14, 2023, when the hacker exposed security vulnerabilities in the Department of Defense’s computer system. Further, he provided law enforcement officials with evidence that led to the arrest and indictment of seven hackers who had previously exploited these vulnerabilities.
Between May 14 and August 8, 2023, Radical Tomato went on to reveal weaknesses in the networks of several government agencies, both in the United States and abroad. The hacker also continued to provide evidence on one-hundred and thirty-seven hackers who had used their skills for personal gain.
In August 8, 2023, Radical Tomato’s deeds were publicly revealed. Law enforcement officers also announced their intention to investigate the hacker’s identity and arrest the internet vigilante.
Though the Radical Tomato continued to simultaneously expose security vulnerabilities and bring punish cyber criminals, on October 9, 2024, Radical Tomato exposed the illegal activities of Vermont gubernatorial candidate Thomas Park. Park’s sister-in-law, Terri Blackwell, was a computer operations specialist recruited to fabricate official documents that would paint Vermont Governor Steven Haskell in a negative light. While Radical Tomato provided evidence that led to the arrest of Blackwell, Blackwell in turn testified that she had been approached by her brother-in-law to smear Haskell’s record.
Many amateur cyber investigators have tried to uncover the identity of Radical Tomato, leading to numerous theories. One such theory is that Radical Tomato is not a single person but a group of hackers, much like the hacker group Anonymous that operated in the 2000’s.
Another existing theory is that Radical Tomato is an alias used by convicted hacker-turned-consultant, Kevin Mitnick, an allegation Mitnick has fervently denied.