Hacker Kevin Mitnick spent 8 months of his prison sentence in solitary confinement because law enforcement officials convinced a judge that he could start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone
“Kevin Mitnick knows that the weakest link in any security system is the person holding the information.
As a young fugitive hacker, he went to jail for breaking into computer networks, mostly by using his cunning and persuasion than his tech skills. He was an early master of the science of social engineering–manipulating people into doing what you want, such as giving out passwords and other information that unlocks sensitive information on networks.
Kevin Mitnick takes the stage at the Last HOPE conference.
Mitnick and a panel of other hackers discussed their social engineering pranks and gave live demonstrations at the Live HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) conference late on Saturday.
“”Everything happened more than five years ago”” and the statute of limitations has passed, he said. “”I never said I didn’t deserve to be punished, but it really went overboard putting me in solitary confinement”” for eight months.”