Kevin Mitnick – Social Engineering and Computer Hacking Mastermind
IS 340 A
Nov. 22, 2013
Table of Contents
Kevin Mitnick 3
Hackers and Their Motives 3
The Early Years 4
Kevin in Trouble 6
Kevin’s Final Visit from the FBI 7
Hacker or Engineer? 8
Impact on Computer Security 8
Works Cited 10
Most people today are aware of the detrimental risk that hackers pose to their computers. They might know about identity theft, viruses, Trojans and worms however what they fail to recognize is how these things are accomplished and if they have actually fallen victim to one of ...view middle of the document...
Kevin’s final and last arrest got him thrown into federal prison for a total of five years, restricted him from using the Internet for three years, and also restricted him from profiting off of his story for seven years (Smith).
“I was indicted on twenty-three counts of access device fraud. Of these, twenty-one were related to calls made when my phone was cloned to someone else’s number. The other two counts were for possessing information, specifically the mobile phone number and electronic serial number pairs that could be used for cloning. The maximum sentence was twenty years for each free phone call. Twenty years for each call! I was facing a worst-case scenario of 460 years.” (K. D. Mitnick)
Hackers and Their Motives
The connotation of “hacker” has evolved over time. There are many different types of hackers. Some hackers simply display a funny message across your screen each time you log on. This type of foolish hacker is not particularly common today. Other hackers might try to get access to a system and steal all of the victim’s bank and credit card information, or even worse, steal their identity. Hackers like Kevin gain access to company’s systems to steal things. Each hacker in these scenarios have different motives, and the number of these motives continues to grow. As time goes on, the extent of damage that hackers are capable of continues to grow and the FBI’s interest in these crimes grows with it.
The Early Years
The first successful sneaky move Kevin accomplished took place when he was only about one and a half years old. Kevin’s mom had her first wakeup call when she found him on the other side of what was a once locked child gate door. She found him after she realized he escaped from his crib. Kevin and his mother moved around a lot throughout his child hood, but stayed in the Los Angeles area for the most part. At ten years old, Kevin found a passion for magic through his neighborhood friend’s father. In his book, Ghost in the Wires, Kevin explains his fascination with the magic tricks he saw his friend’s dad perform and the affect it had on his own future.
“He was an accomplished magician whose card tricks, coin tricks, and larger effects fascinated me. But there was something else, something more important: I saw how his audiences of one, three, or a roomful found delight in being deceived. Though this was never a conscious thought, the notion that people enjoyed being taken in was a stunning revelation that influenced the course of my life.” (K. D. Mitnick)
This fascination for deception that Kevin was still unaware of at the time was a huge driving force for many crimes he would commit later in life. Other people helped Kevin along the way as well. Being a young boy in the city with a mom who was always working meant that Kevin needed to use the buses to get around. It was on a bus that Kevin learned another sort of magic trick. Bob Arkow, a city bus driver, was a ham radio enthusiast who showed Kevin all...