I am now older and wiser and I realise I made a lot of regrettable mistakes”.
Speaking in the opening keynote at the IP Expo conference in London, former hacker turned consultant Kevin Mitnick said that from a young age, he realised what I was doing was mischevous and became illegal later in life.
Mitnick, who admitted to writing code that enabled him to steal his professor’s password via a terminal compromise, said that the professor was “ecstatic”, and he claimed that he “began phishing in the 1970s.”
Mitnick said: “Hacking was like a video game and it was my addiction, exploring networks, as it was the new era of the computer.”
He went on to say that now as a consultant and “using his powers for good”, that he had a lot of regrets and admitted that he made a lot of mistakes, and he did admit that he was a pain, and what he did was just to waste time rather than for financial gain and he now realised what he was doing was wrong. “What I did made was a problem for companies as they had to review their source code and password management.”