Online security is in the news today, in a big way. Of course, the Sony PlayStation Network hack was terrifying -- personal information from millions of accounts was exposed from what was supposed to be a secure database. And then, just as the network was coming back online, it was hacked again. We're also learning that a new attack is targeting Mac users who visit bad Web sites.
How bad is the security on the Internet? Will the hackers always win? Will consumers always lose? We're discussing this today with a very special guest, Kevin Mitnick.
Mitnick is a hacker. He used to be a criminal hacker. In fact, it's fair to say he was once the most wanted hacker ever. Mitnick landed in prison, in the 1990s, and his most notorious hack was getting to the cell phone companies and getting copies of handset source code. To some, Mitnick was a symbol of the dangers hackers posed to our safety, and needed to be locked up to keep us safe. To others, he was a scapegoat for the lousy computer security practices in corporate America.
Released and, arguably, rehabilitated, Mitnick now runs a security company of his own, in which he probes clients' networks for security flaws and then helps them patch those flaws. Mitnick has a new book coming out, "Ghost in the Wires," which is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
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