Kevin David Mitnick was born on August 6, 1963 in Los Angeles. Every one knows that he got arrested for his malicious works. Actually Mitnik is the best Hacker I know. When he was 13 year old he managed to bypass the punch card system used in the Los Angeles bus system by using social engineering and dumpster diving. We all know Social engineering is the best way to penetrate into any organisation and this man was using at the age of 13.. Really unbelievable. Social engineering later became his primary method of obtaining information, including user-names and passwords and modem phone numbers.
In the age of 16 Mitnik first gained unauthorized access to a computer network in 1979, when a friend gave him the phone number for the Ark, the computer system Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) used for their RSTS/E operating system software. He broke into DEC’s computer network and copied their software, a crime he was charged with and convicted of in 1988. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Near the end of his supervised release, Mitnick hacked into Pacific Bell voice mail computers. After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Mitnick fled, becoming a fugitive for two and a half years.According to the U.S. Department of Justice , Mitnick gained unauthorized access to dozens of computer networks while he was a fugitive. He used cloned cellular phones to hide his location and, among other things, copied valuable proprietary software from some of the country’s largest cellular telephone and computer companies. Mitnick also intercepted and stole computer passwords, altered computer networks, and broke into and read private e-mails.
Criminal charge : 1995: Wire fraud (14 counts), possession of unauthorized access devices (8 counts), interception of wire or electronic communications, unauthorized access to a federal computer, and causing damage to a computer.
Criminal penalty : 1999: 46 months prison plus 3 years’ probation. 1988: One year prison.
He now runs the security firm Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC which helps test companies’ security strengths, weaknesses, and potential loopholes. He is also the Chief Hacking Officer of the security awareness training company KnowBe4, as well as an active advisory board member at Zimperium, a firm that develops a mobile intrusion prevention system.
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