Mitnick Interview

By | October 8, 2005 has a very interesting interview with Kevin Mitnick. You remember him don’t you? He talks about the Mitnick mythos and gives a few insights into what his side of the story is. Really a must read.

A few tidbits:

I was treated as “Osama bin Mitnick.”

That may be going a little overboard… Especially, since Osama Bin Laden doesn’t have millions of SuperGeek Fans.

I’m sure there are people that don’t want to use our firm because they really don’t know much about the case. They just know me as a hacker that went to jail.

Now why wouldn’t you want one of the most famous hackers to consult on your companies network security? Seems like a pretty good idea to me.

A company can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on firewalls, detection systems and encryption and other security technologies, but if an attacker can call one trusted person within the company, and that person complies, and if the attacker gets in, then all that money spent on technology is essentially wasted. It’s essentially meaningless.

Makes you wonder why do any of it at all? Just means the thieves have to be a little more dedicated. But think what would happen if we just let them in…

I think it’s safer to use a credit card over the Internet than it is to go to a Macy’s and use it

I’ve been telling people this for years. Course they are going to listen to Kevin Mitnick before they listen to me.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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