[funsec] Kevin Mitnick debunks myths

Larry Seltzer larry at larryseltzer.com
Fri Oct 7 15:30:39 CDT 2005

Why make stuff up? The truth about this guy is bad enough.

Larry Seltzer
eWEEK.com Security Center Editor
Contributing Editor, PC Magazine
larryseltzer at ziffdavis.com 

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Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 3:15 PM
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Subject: [funsec] Kevin Mitnick debunks myths

Via CNN.


To many, the name Kevin Mitnick is synonymous with hacking, the cinematic
sort where a snot-nosed kid thumbs his nose at authority. But, Mitnick says,
the characterization is a bit overdone and the legend untrue, if not

It is true, he says, that he broke into corporate computer systems and stole
source code to satisfy his curiosity, but he denies the stories that he
hacked into NORAD -- North American Aerospace Defense Command--or that he
wiretapped the FBI.

After a well-publicized pursuit that made him notorious, the FBI arrested
Mitnick in 1995. He served five years in prison after pleading guilty to
charges of wire and computer fraud. He was released in 2000 and today runs a
computer security firm. In a telephone interview with CNN's Manav Tanneeru,
Mitnick talks about his past, the state of online security today, and how he
handles what his name has come to mean.



- ferg

"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
 Engineering Architecture for the Internet  fergdawg at netzero.net or
fergdawg at sbcglobal.net  ferg's tech blog: http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/

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