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Convicted Hacker Mitnick Educates Navy on Cyber Security

By - Source: US Naval Institute | B 13 comments

Kevin Mitnick has long been viewed as synonymous with computer hacking.

Released from prison in 2000, he served five years in prison for hacking into DEC, Fujitsu, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, and Sun. These days, Mitnick runs a security consultancy firm and was recently hired by the US government.

The Naval Academy said that Mitnick demonstrated that the military's computer security gates can be easily penetrated (even on fully patched systems), that malicious software can pass anti-malware protection systems, and that military personnel could benefit from extra computer security training. In his speech, he suggested that computer training should be taken just as seriously as other training. The conclusion of the Naval Institute?

"All hope is not lost. There’s plenty that can be done to preserve military networks and defend against data leakage both from the outside and from the inside. The weakest part of any computer security strategy is always the user, and we should be putting more emphasis on doing everything we can to strengthen it."

Mitnick's post-prison career path resembles the early stages of Kim Dotcom's - known as Kim Schmitz back then - post-hacking career. Schmitz hacked NASA, Citibank, and the Pentagon using the name Kimble. Following these activities, he began consulting with Germany's DeTeMobil cellular provider and founded a security consulting firm, Data Protect, which he sold before the company went bankrupt in 2001.

Given the fact that the U.S. government once considered Mitnick capable of starting a nuclear war "by whistling into a pay phone," it is interesting to see that it is now listening to his security advice.

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    juvx , October 23, 2012 3:06 PM
    frombehindthat's the US government for ya bro...They payed me $30k a year when I was in the military to work my ass off 12hours a day, 7 days a week...Now I have THE EXACT SAME job as a civilian contractor for over 250k a year, and all I do is show up and play video-games for 8 hours a day =)


    Your job sounds awesome !

    Good for Mitnick. China has whole divisions of cyber hackers.... we need a lot more.
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    frombehind , October 23, 2012 2:37 PM
    that's the US government for ya bro...
    They payed me $30k a year when I was in the military to work my ass off 12hours a day, 7 days a week...
    Now I have THE EXACT SAME job as a civilian contractor for over 250k a year, and all I do is show up and play video-games for 8 hours a day =)
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    overclockingrocks , October 23, 2012 2:08 PM
    How ironic. They chased him for years because of a lot of stuff attributed to him that he never actually did and as the article pointed out they were pissing their pants scared of him and his supposed ability to whistle nuclear launch codes into a payphone and launch the nukes at NORAD. Just hilarious to me that they are not only listening to his security advice and good advice it is but have hired him and are paying him for it!
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    toxteth , October 23, 2012 2:32 PM
    What goes around comes around...:-) I hope he fills his boots with cash.
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    frombehind , October 23, 2012 2:37 PM
    that's the US government for ya bro...
    They payed me $30k a year when I was in the military to work my ass off 12hours a day, 7 days a week...
    Now I have THE EXACT SAME job as a civilian contractor for over 250k a year, and all I do is show up and play video-games for 8 hours a day =)
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    juvx , October 23, 2012 3:06 PM
    frombehindthat's the US government for ya bro...They payed me $30k a year when I was in the military to work my ass off 12hours a day, 7 days a week...Now I have THE EXACT SAME job as a civilian contractor for over 250k a year, and all I do is show up and play video-games for 8 hours a day =)


    Your job sounds awesome !

    Good for Mitnick. China has whole divisions of cyber hackers.... we need a lot more.
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    supere989 , October 23, 2012 3:54 PM
    Meh, Can't beat'em, Join em! Good on for you Mitnik! =]
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    jhansonxi , October 23, 2012 5:44 PM
    Navy could use some education:
    http://gcn.com/articles/1998/07/13/software-glitches-leave-navy-smart-ship-dead-in-the-water.aspx
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine_Command_System
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    igot1forya , October 23, 2012 6:14 PM
    The chants over the years...

    (1) Early 2000's - "Hack the planet! Hack the planet!"
    (2) Mid 2000's - "Free Kevin! Free Kevin"
    (3) 2012 - "Hire Kevin! Hire Kevin!"

    The kids are growing up so fast!
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    f-14 , October 23, 2012 6:42 PM
    this should have been his punishment for 5 years, now they have to pay him for it.
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    mikemp3 , October 23, 2012 7:27 PM
    How the worm turns. Similar to how we sold Sadam the weapons then we bombed him now we are wiping our hands of that mess.
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    alidan , October 23, 2012 10:00 PM
    overclockingrocksHow ironic. They chased him for years because of a lot of stuff attributed to him that he never actually did and as the article pointed out they were pissing their pants scared of him and his supposed ability to whistle nuclear launch codes into a payphone and launch the nukes at NORAD. Just hilarious to me that they are not only listening to his security advice and good advice it is but have hired him and are paying him for it!


    um yea... rememer us... the reason you went to jail for so long... much of it lies... and fear... we kind of made up... we really appreciate that you didnt sue the crap out of us... lets make this up to you.
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    hythos , October 23, 2012 10:57 PM
    It'd be nice to drop the stigma of "Convicted hacker".... etc etc. To some people, it rings of an accomplishment, but seriously, x-hacker or any other term sounds better than something that resembles "sex offender" does, for life.
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    bmerigan , October 24, 2012 1:32 AM
    frombehindwork my ass off 12hours a day, 7 days a week ... is THE EXACT SAME job as ... show up and play video-games for 8 hours a day


    Huh?
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    Gundam288 , October 24, 2012 9:51 PM
    frombehindthat's the US government for ya bro...They payed me $30k a year when I was in the military to work my ass off 12hours a day, 7 days a week...Now I have THE EXACT SAME job as a civilian contractor for over 250k a year, and all I do is show up and play video-games for 8 hours a day =)

    you hiring? lol