Friday, October 4, 2002

More on Mitnick

"Things are certainly looking up for the man who was once the media's evil hacker poster boy. Mitnick even has the government's seal of approval now -- the Federal Communications Commission has just officially declared him a reformed man and has decided to allow Mitnick to keep his radio license. The commission's report cited Mitnick's new book, The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security, as a contributing factor in their decision. Both business and book are designed to help others defend against exactly the sorts of social-engineering scams that put Mitnick behind bars for 4.5 years on charges of computer fraud. Mitnick said that hacking people is "equally as easy" as hacking computers. But he believes that far too much attention is paid to pure cyberthreats, leaving the door wide open for social-engineering attacks." (from Wired)

Social engineering - the most important piece of hardware is your wetware. You have to have a damn quick mind - has always been my favourite aspect of hacker culture, so I can't wait to read this!

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