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Writer offers cash for hacking tales

Computer hacker Kevin Mitnick has offered cash in exchange for tales of hacking escapades to fill a book he is writing. Mitnick used e-mail messages to online security discussion groups and his web page to issue a call to the hacking community for stories of online derring-do, promising an award of $500 for the “most provocative story”. “I’m putting out a call to all existing and former hackers to tell me about your sexiest hack,” Mitnick wrote on his web page, www.freekevin.com. Mitnick will judge the stories based on their innovation and the ingenuity that hackers used to compromise their targets. Winning stories will involve a combination of technical, physical and social aspects. The book, which may be released in October or November, is tentatively titled The Art of Intrusion. It will the follow up to Mitnick’s first book, The Art of Deception, which focuses on so-called “social engineering”, the subtle techniques that computer hackers often use to get computer users and administrators to divulge useful information that can be used in attacks. Full Story

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