Kevin David Mitnick is a computer security consultant as well as an author based in America. He achieved notoriety when he was arrested in 1995 and kept in prison for five years because of his involvement in a variety of high profile cybercrimes. There was a lot of controversy concerning his arrest and trial along with the movies, books and news related to it.
At present, Kevin operates Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC. He works as the Chief Hacking Officer and has partial ownership in Knowbe4, a security awareness training agency. In a company named Zimperium which develops systems that prevent mobile intrusion, Kevin is a part of the advisory board member.
Also Known As
Kevin David Mitnick, The Condor, The Darkside Hacker
Information technology consultant (before, Hacker), Author
Cyber crime arrest
The Secret History of Hacking, Freedom Downtime, MORE
Estimated Net Worth
USD 25 million
Birthday and Zodiac
57 Years Old. as of 2020
Date of Birth
August 6, 1963
Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States
School / University
James Monroe High School, University of Southern California, Pierce College Library
Mitnick was born on August 6, 1963. The notorious hacker grew up in Los Angeles even if Van Nuys, California is his birthplace.
He went to James Monroe High School which resides in Los Angeles itself. During that time, he was an amateur radio operator. Later he went to Los Angeles Pierce College and then to USC.
Kevin even worked for the job of receptions in Stephen S. Wise Temple. The consultant belongs to American nationality and is of white ethnicity.
Kevin Mitnick Hacker
At an early age as twelve, Mitnick bypassed the L.A bus system’s punch card system. The expert could get on any bus across Los Angeles with available transfer slips. He used social engineering for such tasks and continued to use it in his life ahead for cracking usernames, modem phone numbers and passwords.
Kevin broke into a computer network in 1979; a friend of his provided him with the contact number of Ark and he hacked the computer network of the Digital Equipment Corporation. Mitnick prepared a copy of the computer software, so he was arrested and sentenced to twelve months in prison along with the supervised release of three years. Later, he hacked the voice mail computers of Pacific bell.
As per the U.S Department of Justice, Kevin hacked many computer networks and copied software codes of large computer and cell phone companies.
The FBI got hold of Mitnick in 1995 in his North Carolina home and arrested him for computer & wire fraud. He even hacked Yahoo. The hacker went to prison for his deeds.
In the year 1999, Kevin pleaded guilty for wire fraud and other computer-related crimes, and he received a sentence of forty-six months in prison along with twenty-two months since he violated the rules of his 1989 supervised release concerning computer fraud.
Mitnick was in prison for five years; he stayed in solitary confinement for eight months. Mitnick got out of jail in 2000, and he was not allowed to use any communications technology for three years. He challenged this decision and won the case for permission to use it later.
Kevin Mitnick Business Card & Security Awareness
Mitnick has been a top tier security consultant since 2000. He has released books on security awareness, and he is a public speaker too. At present, Mitnick provides consulting to Fortune 500 companies along with the FBI. He gives social engineering lessons to big companies, including government agencies. His company is in Nevada now. Mitnick has customizable metal business cards which serve the purpose of lock picking kits too.
Kevin Mitnick Movie
In the 2004 movie, Track Down, Russell Wong and Skeet Urich played the role of Kevin and Tsutomu Shimomura. Later, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly released a documentary namely Freedom Downtime after Track Down. The movie is popular as Takedown in the U.S.
The account of Mitnick is an inspiration for Ed Piskor’s novel on hackers and Wizzywig.
Mitnick made an appearance in Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World- a 2016 documentary by Werner Herzog.
Books of Kevin
Alongside the authors Robert Vamosi and Willian L.Simon, Mitnick wrote his autobiography and his computer security books. His first book was “The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security”. The second book had a release in 2005; it is “The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders & Deceivers”. And his 2011 book was “ Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker”, an autobiography.
Mitnick’s recent book came in 2017- The Art of Invisibility.
Kevin Authorized the book named “The Fugitive Game: Online with Kevin Mitnick” (1996). Jonathan Littman, the book’s author, portrays Kevin’s account.
Kevin Mitnick earns a fortune from his consulting job. His estimated net worth is around USD five million. The primary source of income is his security consulting company.
Some Facts About Kevin Mitnick
He is the most famous hacker across the world.
Kevin caters to high-end buyers with his consulting service.
You can find him on Instagram @kevinmitnick.official