The one person I would like to meet in person sometime before I myself go six feet under is Kevin Mitnick
. You may ask why ?? well, everybody has an idol
. I have mine. Do I need to explain why ? I have my reasons...
Having already spent four years in federal prison
without a trial, without bail and for eight months in 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement
reached a plea agreement with the government. He was released from custody into supervised release in early 2000. In January 2003, Kevin
was freed from those restrictions
Giving testimony before Congress, Kevin
once said, "I have gained unauthorized access to computer systems
at some of the largest corporations on the planet
, and have successfully penetrated some of the most resilient computer systems ever developed. I have used both technical and non-technical means to obtain the source code to various operating systems and telecommunications devices to study their vulnerabilities and inner workings."
In person, Kevin
is completely forthright about the nature of his wrongdoings, but stresses in his own defense that he never used anything he obtained to gain monetary advantage. "All of this activity was to satisfy my curiosity; to see what I could do; and to find out secret information about operating systems
, cell phones, and anything else that stirred my curiosity."
That my friends is NOT what the world has made him out to be... but HE IS WHO HE IS
. He is Kevin Mitnick
and I admire the person for who HE is. Maybe someday I will...