An American computer security consultant, author, and convicted hacker, Kevin Mitnick is remembered for hacking DEC’s computer network and copying the company’s software in 1988. He was also popular as the owner of the security firm, Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC.
He collaborated with authors like William L. Simon and Robert Vamosi for writing autobiographies and computer security books. Some of his popular books are The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security, The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders & Deceivers, etc.
Early Life of Kevin Mitnick
Kevin Mitnick was born Kevin David Mitnick on August 6, 1963, in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States. He was 60 years old at the time of his death. His zodiac sign was Leo and he used to celebrate his birthday on the 6th of August every year. He was the son of Rochelle Kramer (mother) and Alan Mitnick (father).
His mother was a co-founder of SoCal Modern. Kevin’s maternal grandparents were Sidney Kramer and Reba Palma Helfand. He had American citizenship and belongs to the Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity. Mitnick was a Jewish. He studied at James Monroe High School. Kevin joined Los Angeles Pierce College and USC.
Kevin Mitnick’s Marriages
He was in a marital relationship with Kimberley Mitnick, a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. Kimberley is his second wife. Kevin and Kimberley have been married to each other until the death of Kevin for more than a decade.
His first wife was Bonnie Vitello. In 1987, Bonnie got married to each other and stayed married for three years. they officially got divorced in 1990.
Kevin Mitnick’s Net Worth
Mitnick had an estimated net worth of around $20 million at the time of his death. He earned this amount throughout his professional career. His annual salary is $1.5 million.
Kevin Mitnick died at 60
Kevin died on July 16, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. He was only 60 years old at the time of his death. He was suffering from pancreatic cancer, for a year and was getting medicinal treatment from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and couldn’t win the battle and died. His cybersecurity training company, KnowBe4 announced his death:
“Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most famous hacker, has died. He was 59 years old. Mitnick died due to complications from pancreatic cancer on July 16.”
Kevin Mitnick was Arrest Multiple Times
He was arrested multiple times for hacking. On February 15, 1995, the FBI arrested him for computer hacking which included computer and wire fraud of federal offenses. FBI ceased cloned cellular phones, more than 100 cloned cellular phone codes, and multiple pieces of false identification from his apartment.
He also hacked Yahoo! website and displayed that he released teh worm in all those computers who visited the site in December 1997. He pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud, two counts of computer fraud, and one count of illegally intercepting a wire communication, in 1999. He received 46 months in prison plus 22 months for violating the terms of his 1989 supervised release sentence for computer fraud. On January 21, 2000, Kevin was released.
Professional Career of Kevin Mitnick
- Kevin was an American computer security consultant, author, and convicted hacker.
- He had even worked as a receptionist for Stephen S. Wise Temple.
- He was only 16 years old when he hacked a computer network of Digital Equipment Corporation.
- In 2016, he appeared in Werner Herzog‘s documentary Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.
- His life was portrayed in the movie, Track Down by Skeet Ulrich and Russell Wong in 2000.
- In 2002, he published an autobiography titled, The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security.
- His book, The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers was released in 2005.
- In 2017, he published the book, Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker.
Movies & TV Shows
He played in movies like Freedom Downtime, The Secret History of Hacking, Lo, and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, and Burning Dog. I Am Rebel and Cyber War are some of the shows which he played in.
He has written several books like The Art of Intrusion, GHOST IN THE WIRES, The Art of Invisibility, The Art of Deception, etc,
FAQs of Kevin Mitnick
How tall is Kevin Mitnick?
Mitnick stood at the height of 5 feet 4 inches and his body weight was 78 kg. His body measurement includes 40-32-36 inches. Kevin had an alluring pair of dark brown eyes and brown hair.
Was Kevin Mitnick a Consultant?
Yes, he worked as a consultant just after reading from prison in 2000. He started working as a security consultant, public speaker, and author and was the owner of Mitnick Security Consulting LLC. He used to serve at Zimperium as an active advisory board member.
Did Kevin Mitnick suffer from any syndrome?
Yes, he suffered from Asperger syndrome. He pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud and was in between of ongoing trial when he was diagnosed with teh syndrome in 1999.
Who found Kevin Mitnick?
Mr. Shimomura is the person who found Kevin is the person behind the hacking. He used software to locate Kevin’s computer sessions, along with cellphone scanning equipment.
What is Kevin Mitnick’s security awareness training?
It is a 15-minute training that covers the mechanisms of spam, phishing, spear phishing, spoofing, malware hidden in files, and advanced persistent threats (APTs). This is a shortcut form of 45 minutes of training.
Was Kevin Mitnick a black hat?
Yes, Kevin was a black hat hacker at first. After releasing from prison he became a white hat and started as a cybersecurity consultant. He had also written books regarding computer hacking and security.