Wow, this guy is soo interesting .... I read a book about his capture and I've watched hours of youtubes about him, his life turned around, his seminars, now using his hacking skills to make quite a nice living - on the right side of the law. Fascinating!
Here's a link about Kevin Mitnick ... there were so many to choose from.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/16/kevin-mitnick-hacker-book_n_928107.htmlBy 1992, federal agents were closing in on Kevin Mitnick, the FBI's most-wanted hacker. But he already knew this; he was watching them.
Mitnick broke into the local cell phone network, allowing him to detect when agents were near his apartment. When they were close, he removed evidence but left behind a box of donuts in the refrigerator, labeling them "FBI donuts" to annoy his pursuers.
Such games of cat and mouse are recounted in Mitnick's new book, "Ghost in the Wires," which details his life as a hacker and fugitive, breaking into computer networks, creating false identities and running from authorities.
Today, Mitnick, 47, runs his own computer security consulting firm and laments how hacking has changed since his youth. He says it has shifted from what he considered to be a hobby for computer enthusiasts to a global criminal enterprise.
"My drivers for hacking were intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge and seduction of adventure," he said Monday at a book signing in New York City. "It was never about stealing money or writing malware."
Mitnick said he initially became a computer hacker because he loved magic. As a 10-year-old boy, he rode his bike to the magic store to learn how tricks were performed. In high school, he met a friend who introduced him to "phone phreaking," or playing pranks by hacking the circuits and switches of telephone companies. This drove him to greater conquests as a young adult, like stealing source code from IT companies, which drew heat from authorities.
In 1995, after three years on the run, Mitnick was arrested in Raleigh, N.C. He confessed to breaking into corporate computer networks and stealing software. After serving five years in prison, he was released in January 2000, but his plea agreement restricted him from using the Internet for three years and profiting from his story for seven years.
Mitnick said he still feels the same high from hacking into computer systems, even though companies now pay him to find and fix their security holes.
"I did get a huge endorphin rush when I was able to crack a system because it was like a video game," he said. "I get the same endorphin rush today when I get into a client's system. I really feel good about it. So I get paid for what I did illegally years ago."