All hail the jerk that gets caught!
Written by Gordon Fecyk, 11/19/2006
OLD FARTS IN THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY recognize Kevin Mitnick. He's the 'genius hacker' that let himself get caught in the early 1990s. The resulting media circus included a Free Mitnick campaign. His supporters did him well though; he now runs his very own computer security firm.
The problem? He spouts off the same, tired old advice that computer security experts have for the past eighteen years. No longer the poster child of 'digital free expression,' Mitnick is now the poster child of the IT industrial complex.
Wired Magazine lavished him with free ink:
Mitnick has reinvented himself as a computer security consultant and writer. He travels the world teaching organizations how to secure their information in a world of corporate spies and younger versions of himself. He took a break from his jet-setting to share some practical security tips.
I suppose there's no choice but to nitpick his free ink. But why waste precious time doing so when Wired's readership does it for me?
Ah yes, the "Buy a Mac" tactic. Advice that will only work as long as most people don't follow it. Every person who buys a Mac because it's "safer" makes it a little more profitable to start writing Mac malware. And then all those people who bought "safe" Macs are going to be on the web bitching about how they have all this spyware on their system that they never secured because Macs are safe."
I'm sorry but... this is truly disappointing. Any one with common sense would've come up with a list similar to this one. This article reads like something Kevin knocked up in 5 minutes and offers nothing that we haven't all heard 100 times before.
I agree. The most famous hacker ever has tips that can be found on the back of a cereal box.
When you're a jet setting former prison wife you don't to time to waste on peons. Pony up the appearance fee and you can meet the man who helped build the macafee/symantec [sic] empire.
It wouldn't have been so bad if his vanilla security tips were well written - several million out of 10 for getting big kev to talk, but another several negative bazillion points for not riding his ass for being so lazy and writing this crapulent muck.
How ironic! You can read the 'genius hacker' cereal box advice without risking your computer, but to read any of the criticism, you have to ignore it!
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