Kevin Mitnick Essay

1100 Words Sep 4th, 2015 5 Pages
KEVIN
MITNICK
Worlds Most Infamous Hacker
KEVIN
MITNICK Worlds Most Infamous Hacker

Most of you don’t know about the world’s most notorious hacker, Kevin Mitnick! Starting at a young age16, Mitnick used social engineering and dumpster diving to bypass the punch card system in the bus system. 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 supervised release, Mitnick hacked into Pacific Bell voice mail computers. He started breaking into companies like IBM, Motorola, and Nokia. He also joined a phone phreak gang, which met
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He started doing big things and becoming more vicious with his hacks, for example he started stealing corporate secrets, scrambled phone networks, he even broke into the national defense warning system and caused millions of dollars in losses. He started to become infamous because he was the most wanted hacker in the world. The inspiration for two Hollywood movies and cyberspace cult hero. Every notorious hacker looked up to him and wanted to be like him starting groups and little gangs of hackers. This was a start of a new era of hackers causing businesses and people the need to up there computer security. The police was getting fed up the world had labeled Kevin Mitnick as “America’s Most Wanted Computer Outlaw. He was on the run for 2 and a half years. While on the run Mitnick used cloned cellular phones to hide is location, he also copied valuable proprietary software from some of the country’s largest telephone and computer companies. He also often altered information, corrupted system software, and eavesdropping on users, sometimes prevented of impeded legitimate use. He was always a step ahead of the law. Until, in 1994 when someone broke into Shimomura’s computer system in his house using a never before seen, sophisticated hacking method and stole some fancy cellular phone tools, Shimomura took I as a personal challenge. The trail led to Mitnick, Shimomura became

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