Mitnick to release autobiography

Reformed hacker, Kevin Mitnick, can finally tell his version of the story as a court order that prevented him from profiting from his crimes has been lifted.

Mitnick spent more than five years in jail for his exploits, which included hacking into Motorola, Novell, Fujitsu, Sun Microsystems and Nokia to steal software code. He was arrested in 1995 after spending two years on the run from the FBI living under assumed names.

Since his release in 2000, he has worked as a security consultant and written two books, The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion. The court order preventing his profiting from his crimes expired on January 29.

“I couldn’t really write my autobiography or do a movie based on my life because the Government didn’t want me to profit from my story,” he says. “Now I’m free to write my side of the story.”

New York Times journalist John Markoff and computer security expert Tsutomu Shimomura have already written an unauthorised account of Mitnick’s time on the lam, Takedown, which was made into a movie of the same name.

Source: SMH

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