Once one of the FBI's Most Wanted for hacking into 40 major corporations just for the challenge, Kevin Mitnick is now recognized as the world’s most famous hacker and a trusted security consultant to global governments, agencies, organizations and Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Toshiba, Microsoft, Humana and MasterCard.
With more than fifteen years of experience in exploring computer security, Kevin Mitnick is a largely self-taught expert in exposing the vulnerabilities of complex operating systems and telecommunications devices.
His hobby as an adolescent consisted of studying methods, tactics, and strategies used to circumvent computer security, and to learn more about how computer systems and telecommunication systems work.
In building this body of knowledge, Kevin Mitnick gained unauthorized access to computer systems at some of the largest corporations on the planet and penetrated some of the most resilient computer systems ever developed. He has used both technical and non-technical means to obtain the source code to various operating systems and telecommunications devices to study their vulnerabilities and their inner workings.
As the world’s most famous (former) hacker, Kevin Mitnick has been the subject of countless news and magazine articles published throughout the world. He has made guest appearances on numerous television and radio programs, offering expert commentary on issues related to information security.
In addition to appearing on local network news programs, he has made appearances on 60 Minutes, The Learning Channel, Tech TV’s Screen Savers, Court TV, Good Morning America, CNN’s Burden of Proof, Street Sweep,Talkback Live, National Public Radio, and as a guest star on ABC’s spy drama “Alias”.
Kevin Mitnick has served as a keynote speaker at numerous industry events, hosted a weekly talk radio show on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles, testified before the United States Senate, written for Harvard Business Review and spoken for Harvard Law School.
His first best-selling book, The Art of Deception, was published in October 2002 by Wiley and Sons Publishers. Kevin Mitnick’s second title, The Art of Intrusion, was released in February 2005.
Kevin Mitnick’s books include Art of Intrusion: The Real Story Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers and Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security, which are mandatory readings for security professionals. His autobiography, Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker, a New York Times best seller, is now available in fifteen languages.