Kevin Mitnick claims Happy Hacker's Meinel has libeled him
by reporting that "he apparently didn't even know how to
program. In fact, there is evidence that he didn't even compile
his own C programs!" Click here to
read his correspondence with Meinel --->>
Meinel stands by her sources, including two forensics investigators
who were concerned over Mitnick while working for Los Alamos
National Laboratory. Meinel is not planning to make public the
names of the many people who have discussed their experiences
with Mitnick because he has a history of harassing and committing
crimes against people and companies that he doesn't like. Mr.
Mitnick has spent a considerable number of years behind bars
and on probation for his many crimes. Two of his victims, computer
security researcher Tsutomu Shimomura and New York Times
reporter John Markoff have written a book about Mr. Mitnick's
threats and crimes, Takedown.
Evidence that Mitnick has never worked at a professional level
job are detailed below. Note that Mr. Mitnick is a very middle
-aged man. One would presume that he has had plenty of time to
turn his interest in computers into an education and career --
so not having done so would appear to be a choice and not lack
1. Although Mr. Mitnick claims in his
recent email "I've worked in the private sector as a
programmer for several years," he has refused to say for
whom he has worked as a programmer.
2. A search of books and news stories on Kevin Mitnick fails
to reveal any evidence that he has ever worked as a programmer
or, for that matter, in any technical field whatsoever.
3. In his own book, The Art of Deception, Mr. Mitnick
has a biographical section. In it he fails to mention any knowledge
of programming, and says nothing about ever working in a computer-related
job. He says he graduated from the long-bankrupt chain of Computer
Learning Centers "cum laude," but does not say what
he studied at this "computers for dummies" training
school. To be specific, this school only taght a nine-month,
non-degreed course that prepared students for entry level computer
jobs. He says nothing about ever studying anything at any college
or ever getting any kind of certification. He does, however,
make a big deal about being a skillful liar and trickster.
4. Most important: Kevin Mitnick has claimed in court that
he has never in his life been able to make a decent income, and
doesn't expect to ever hold a decent job in the future. That's
how he persuaded his judge to set the restitution payment for
his many crimes at under $5000, much of what he paid out of the
salary of his prison job.
Any professional programmer will make a good salary. So this
makes it unlikely that Mr. Mitnick ever has or in the future
expects to be able to hold a job as a programmer. Following is
a document his lawyer filed about Mr. Mitnick's anticipated inability
of ever hold a decent paying job.
In a MOTION TO BIFURCATE THE HEARING ON RESTITUTION of: May
10, 1999, Mr. Mitnick's lawyer argued that Mr. Mitnick never
has been able, and does not expect to be able in the future to
hold a good paying job. For example, the motion reads:
On June 27, 1997, in Docket Number CR-95-603-MRP, this Court
found that the defendant had no ability to pay, stating "Restitution
has not been ordered in view of the defendant's lack of resources
and limited future earning ability."
The defense does not believe that the issues relating to Mr.
Mitnick's present and future ability to pay have materially changed
since the Court's finding...
Click here to read the entire
If you are curious about whether Mitnick ever sued me, of
course he was bluffing. He never presented any evidence that
he ever worked as a programmer.
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