Kevin Mitnick

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Kevin MitnickName: Kevin Mitnick

Born: August 6, 1963

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer security consultant, author, social engineering expert, and hacker.
  • Mitnick was the most-wanted computer criminal in the United States when convicted of various computer and communications related crimes in the late 20th century. On February 15, 1995 Mitnick was arrested at his apartment by the FBI. He ended up serving five years in prison and was released January 21, 2000.

Significant publications

  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker (2011).
  • The Art Of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind The Exploits Of Hackers, Intruders, And Deceivers (2005).


"As a young boy, I was taught in high school that hacking was cool."

"I was pretty much the government's poster boy for what I had done."

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