So-called “Hacker” sentenced to nine year sentence

While Slashdot covers it here, there was an incorrect assumption made about Kevin Mitnik. The man in question was part of the trio that did active wardriving (connecting to networks and breaking them instead of the passive type that is legal) and trying to steal credit card numbers from a Lowe’s hardware store that had an insecure WiFi connection. The Slashdot article claims that Kevin Mitnik served a 5.2 year sentence, but Mitnik did not get charged with a sentence until June of 2004. The sentence was for 22 months, but he had been incarcerated since February of 1995. Other facts can be found at Free Kevin Mitnik.


Personal note: I still would have liked to see Kevin Mitnik disappear into the confines of the NSA. The guy was very intelligent and in all intents and purposes would serve our government being a security specialist than out in the real world. While he commited what most hackers call a “crime of curiosity,” it was nonetheless a crime.
As for the Lowe’s guy, he got royally screwed. He got more time than drug dealers and gang bangers that do MDKs. Tough break.

  • Ann

    Hey-who are u calling dorky?

  • Ann

    Hey-who are u calling dorky?