Reformed Hacker Looks Back
What are some of the myths about Kevin Mitnick that just aren’t true?
I never wiretapped the FBI, though I did wiretap an informant who was working with the FBI and chasing me for the bureau. Some other myths: that I hacked into the National Security Agency, that I hacked into NORAD.
And some things you did do?
Well, I compromised all the phone companies, essentially. Even when I was a kid I had the capability to disrupt the telephone systems for entire states.
I hacked into the systems of all the major software companies at the time: Digital Equipment, Sun Microsystems, IBM (nyse: IBM – news – people ), Silicon Graphics (nasdaq: SGIC – news – people ). Also most of the companies that made cellular phones at the time, like Nokia (nyse: NOK – news – people ), Motorola, Fujitsu.
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