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Kevin Mitnick N6NHG infamous hacker - silent key

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by N6HBJ, Jul 31, 2023.

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  1. N6HBJ

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    Just saw this. Here's a YouTube video.

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  2. W1YW

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    Gee Mike--

    Considering your profession, were you in on the bust?
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  3. AK5CT

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    I don't post often, but usually when I do, it's a result of my warped sense of humor.
    I tried my best to not post this, but I could not resist.
    "I thought the most famous Hacker was still Lizzie Borden"

    Ok, Ok, sorry, and the video was most interesting.
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  4. W5ITR

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    That is a sense of humor I can relate to! I am glad you found the video interesting. I find all the dynamics fascinating. 73!
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  5. K1KTF

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    He was a social (engineering) kinda guy.

    God bless amateur radio and Kevin.
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  6. W1YW

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    Uhhh...there is a MAGAZINE for CYberCRIME???

    WHy do we celebrate Mitnick---but not Cliff Stoll??

    Mitmick: crime as hacker
    Stoll: entrapped and caught hacker
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2023
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  7. W6EM

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    What a shame. Way too young to have been lost. A misunderstood genious who apparently viewed technical barriers as challenges. He and his phone phreak friends gave Ma Bell a lot of headaches as they made long distance calls for free. My memory is hazy, but I think those calls were the only examples of theft of anything of value. He totally reclaimed his reputation by a life of saving others from genuinely ill-willed hacks. RIP Mr. Mitnick and 73.
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  8. W7IH

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    2600 has been around longer than the term 'cyber crime', so yeah, I suppose there is.
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  9. N3EG

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    Not including cybervandalism.

    I remember him as WA6VPS, back in the days when he turned WB6JAC's home phone line into a pay phone.
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  10. W1YW

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    I guess I am from another planet...I was taught not to romanticize crime.

    So yeah.

    Mitnick went to PRISON.

    Just sayin'....
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  11. W5ITR

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    He absolutely did. But what I think is unique in Mitnick's case is that he became a productive member of society once released. The company he co-founded has arguably the best tool in the industry to combat phishing email attacks.
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  12. W1YW

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    Frankly, most ex-cons want that option but the barriers are not in their favor.

    Granted, he went straight, and his death is tragedy for his pregnant wife. But he could have done all that without doing illegal activity.

    We still saw him bragging about his McDonald's hack....where he invokes ham radio as the basis for the hack.
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  13. KG7LGG

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    Try harder next time. Hi Hi
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  14. W6EM

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    Perhaps a bit of a kid having fun. Who did he hurt? What did his crimes cost, besides LE pursuit and a few quarters from Ma Bell? I'd bet that if Tesla and Edison were experimenting today, somebody would charge them with somethng.
    Actually, considering all the good he contributed after imprisonment, one of our Presidents should have given him a pardon.
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  15. W9YW

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    I'm glad to have made Kevin's acquaintance. He was a good egg whose moth came too close to the flame. He survived.

    We need hackers, the white-hats. There are too many fools writing bad code and irresponsibly deploying complex systems today that crack like an egg.

    73 Tom W9YW
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