Kevin Mitnick

  • Born

    Kevin Mitnick was born on August 6th, 1963
  • Started hacking

    At age 12, Mitnick used social engineering and dumpster diving to bypass the punch card system used in the Los Angeles bus system.
  • First Computer access

    Kevin first gained unauthorized access to a computer network in 1979, at 16, when a friend gave him the phone number for the Ark
  • Marriage

    Kevin married Bonnie Vitello
  • Arrested

    He broke into DEC's computer network and copied the company's software, a crime for which he was charged and convicted in 1988. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
  • Flee the scene

    Mitnick hacked into Pacific Bell voice mail computers. After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Mitnick fled, becoming a fugitive for two and a half years.
  • Divorce

    Kevin divorced Bonnie
  • FBI

    The FBI arrested Mitnick on February 15, 1995, at his apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina, on federal offenses related to a two and half year period of computer hacking which included computer and wire fraud.
  • We want Mitnick

    In December 1997, the Yahoo! website was hacked, displaying a message calling for Mitnick's release. According to the message, all recent visitors of Yahoo!'s website had been infected with a computer worm that would wreak havoc on Christmas Day unless Mitnick were released.
  • Prison Again

    In 1999, Mitnick pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud, two counts of computer fraud and one count of illegally intercepting a wire communication, as part of a plea agreement before the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison plus 22 months for violating the terms of his 1989 supervised release sentence for computer fraud.
  • Free at last

    He was released on January 21, 2000.
  • Court Ruled

    In December 2001, an FCC Judge ruled that Mitnick was sufficiently rehabilitated to possess a federally issued amateur radio license. Mitnick now runs Mitnick Security Consulting LLC, a computer security consultancy and is part owner of KnowBe4, provider of an integrated platform for security awareness training and simulated phishing testing.
  • Supervision is over

    Kevin got off his supervised release on January 21, 2003
  • Time served

    Mitnick served five years in prison—four and a half years pre-trial and eight months in solitary confinement—because, according to Mitnick, law enforcement officials convinced a judge that he had the ability to "start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone",[25] implying that law enforcement told the judge that he could somehow dial into the NORAD modem via a payphone from prison and communicate with the modem by whistling to launch nuclear missiles
  • What is he up to now?

    Kevin is currently working at a security company where his talents are being