Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mitnick's Five Lessons About Computer Security

Kevin Mitnick, one of the most famous hackers of all time, in an interview with CIO magazine, gave five things he has learned about computer security:

1) Hacking wasn't always illegal.
2) Learn the rules before you play the game.
3) Not everyone takes security seriously.
4) Use your powers for good, not evil.
5) Even hackers get hacked.

What struck me was number 3 about not everyone taking security seriously. Mitnick, who now runs his own IT security consulting outfit, said he has done security assessments for one client over the past several years, and he's still able to get in their systems the same way over and over again. Some people never learn, I guess.

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