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Former Hacker Taps Into the Computer Security Business

If the geek world has rock stars, Kevin Mitnick is the nerd equivalent of Keith Richards. Unlike Richards, however, computer hacker Mitnick served time for his misdeeds; he was nabbed by the Feds in 1995 and spent five years in prison after being convicted of wire fraud, computer fraud and intercepting communications. In prison Mitnick, who eluded capture for years as he hacked into corporate computer systems, was denied access to a pay phone because authorities feared he could use one to launch a nuclear strike. Mitnick, however, says his reputation as a “computer terrorist” is unfounded hyperbole. On Jan. 21, Mitnick, who’s currently promoting a book called “The Art of Deception” and launching a computer security firm called Defensive Thinking, was finally allowed to use something we all take for granted: the Internet. The terms of his parole dictated he had to wait that long to start surfing the Net (and of course, one of the first things he did was Google himself). Recently he answered questions submitted by users of the techie Web site slashdot.org. Below is an edited version of Mitnick’s slashdot Q&A. Full Story

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