Kevin Mitnick, the Notorious Hacker Who Became an Author and Security Consultant, Dies at 59

Mitnick was born in 1964in Los Angeles. He began hacking at a young age, and by his early twenties, he was one of the most wanted hackers in the world. He was arrested in 1995 and sentenced to five years in prison.

After his release in 2000, he became a security consultant and author. He wrote several books about hacking, including “The Art of Deception” and “Ghost in the Wires.”

Mitnick was a controversial figure, but he was also a respected expert in computer security. He helped to raise awareness of the dangers of hacking and helped to improve security measures.

Mitnick’s death is a loss to the security community. He was a pioneer in the field of computer security, and his work helped to make the internet a safer place.

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  • Mitnick was arrested in 1995 after a two-year manhunt. He was charged with 26 counts of computer fraud and abuse and faced up to 65 years in prison.
  • Mitnick was released from prison in 2000 after serving five years. He was placed on five years of supervised release, during which time he was prohibited from using computers or the Internet.
  • Mitnick’s books “The Art of Deception” and “Ghost in the Wires” were bestsellers. They have been translated into over 20 languages.
  • Mitnick was a frequent speaker at security conferences. He also appeared on several television shows, including “Larry King Live” and “60 Minutes.”
  • Mitnick’s death was announced by his friend and business partner, Ed Skoudis. Skoudis said that Mitnick died of natural causes.