Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Famous Hacker

Kevin Mitnick was a
former computer cyber thief (or hacker) who became notorious when
he broke into the computer systems of Fujitsu, Motorola, Nokia and Sun
Microsystems and then was arrested and convicted of wire fraud. He spent
five years in prison, 8 month of which in solitary confinement, allegedly
because his girlfriend told authorities that he could cause a nuclear
attack by whistling into a phone.

After he got out of
jail, Mitnick founded a company named Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC
which now offers security consulting services.

Recently, Mitnick had a
taste of his own medicine when the homepage of his website was defaced by
cyber-vandals this week. The attack consisted of a replaced homepage with
an offensive message and a defaced picture of Mitnick. The origin of the
attack is believed to be in Pakistan.

"It is kind of
stupid thing they do it for the attention. When I was a hacker, I never
stooped to defacing sites because that was more like vandalism, that
wasn't any fun," said Mitnick, according to PCPro.

"The Web hosting
provider that hosts my sites was hacked, fortunately, I donít keep any
confidential data on my Web site, so it wasn't that serious. Of course it
is embarrassing to be defacedñnobody likes it." Mitnick further

This is now the first
attack on Mitnickís websites. Shortly after he left prison, his
notoriety, attracted many hackers as they tried to put their nicknames on
Mitnick's homepage.

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