Don't forget, Kevin Mitnick pled guilty. He agreed to the terms of his
probation in order to get an earlier release. I don't know what the
terms are, but they might forbid profiting from his crimes by going on
the speaking circuit.
BTW Wired has a pretty interesting article by Kevin Poulsen (the author
below), who is himself a convicted "hacker" who spent five years in
prison and whose probation also forbade the use of computers.
>Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 14:31:11 -0700 (PDT)
>From: "Kevin L. Poulsen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Kevin Mitnick has been yanked off the lecture circuit and ordered by the
>U.S. Probation Office to halt his professional writing efforts, a move
>that left a recent Salt Lake City computer conference without its star
>speaker, and magazine publisher Steven Brill short one media critic for
>his upcoming web offering.
>"In regards to the numerous requests you have received concerning writing
>and critiquing articles and speaking at conferences, we find it necessary
>to deny your participation and recommend that you pursue employment in a
>non-related field," reads an April 12th letter to Mitnick from the
>Ventura, California U.S. Probation Office that supervises him.
>"Right now, I've retained council to go ahead and try to get this
>clarified," Mitnick said Monday. "I'm surprised, because all I was trying
>to do through my writing and speaking was to tell people how information
>security is important."
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