Kevin Mitnick: Authorized Hacking With Pay

Posted by admin on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

#MoneyQuote by @KevinMitnick saying hackers get paid either by bad guys or good guys or often just for LOLs – depending on association and attitude. Kevin Mitnick said:
 
I'm still a hacker. I get paid for it now. I never received any monetary gain from the hacking I did before. The main difference in what I do now compared to what I did then is that I now do it with authorization Quote
 

“I’m still a hacker. I get paid for it now. I never received any monetary gain from the hacking I did before. The main difference in what I do now compared to what I did then is that I now do it with authorization” — Kevin Mitnick

 

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Kevin Mitnick seems to be contrasting his past unauthorized hacking activities with his current authorized work in cybersecurity. He acknowledges that he still considers himself a “hacker”, but notes that now he performs similar skills and tasks “with authorization” rather than illegally. Mitnick also points out that previously he never “received any monetary gain” from hacking, whereas in his legal career he “gets paid for it”.

Overall, the quote suggests Mitnick views himself as having the same technical abilities and mindset as before, but that he now uses those talents productively within the law and for financial compensation in a professional context rather than for unauthorized access or personal benefit in his youth.

Yaakov Kirschen, Jerusalem Post War of Nerds Against Hackers

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