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Once-Notorious US Hacker Aids Ecuador in Election Security

Kevin Mitnick, notorious in the 1990s for hundreds of Internet-based attacks, now runs Mitnick Security Consulting, which the government of Ecuador recently hired to provide cybersecurity for Ecuador’s recent presidential elections. Now 49, he posted to Twitter, “Eighteen years ago I was busted for hacking. I do the same thing today but with full authorization. How cool is that?” His attacks—against corporate, government and university targets including Apple Computer, Motorola, and the FBI—resulted in a conviction on cybercrime-related charges. He was sentenced to 15 years and was imprisoned between 1995 and 2000. (PhysOrg)(AFP @ GlobalPost)(Mitnick Global Security)

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