Kevin Mitnick will be able to use a computer again in approximately 3 months .

I don’t know about you people, but I’m already stocking up on extra food, water, and electrons .

But seriously folks . . .

The BBC has a story about the so-called “master hacker”, in which it does a good job of destroying the mythos that has been built up around Mitnick, a basically curious guy who just as often used old face-to-face (or voice-to-voice) lying in order to gain information that gave him access to restricted systems .

Mr Mitnick even had to get permission from his probation officer to use a computer to write his book, The Art Of Deception, which is all about the biggest threat to the security of all companies: their own employees .

The book details the ways that employees can inadvertently leak information that can be exploited by hackers to compromise computer systems.

“The lethal combination is when you exploit both people and technology,” Mr Mitnick told BBC News Online .

“What I found personally to be true was that it’s easier to manipulate people rather than technology,” he said.

Those people are especially useful when they have access to the core computer systems that hackers would otherwise struggle to penetrate.

The article also points to this site, which maintains a running clock of how long it will be until Mitnick can start destroying the technological infrastructure of Western civilization again . And it’s only 3 months away!

Heh. Didn’t Nostradamus write something about “a bespeckled plague rising in the West…”?

I have to admit I’m pretty curious just to see what he’s going to do. The guy has shown himself to have an overpowering curiosity that trumps any sort of legal resriction placed on him, but it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that he’s going to be monitored so closely that I’d be surprised if he were able to put in a phony name at a porn site and not have the Feds know about it.

last update : 26-5-2018

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