At the age of fifty-nine, cyber security researcher and the world's most famous hacker Kevin Mitnick, who was once one of the most wanted cybercriminals in the United States, has died. This was announced by the representatives of the KnowBe4 and Mitnick Security Consulting companies founded by him.
As reported by The New York Time, Mitnick died in Las Vegas, the cause of death was pancreatic cancer, which was discovered in 2022. During the last year of his life, Mitnik was treated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Mitnik will be buried at the King David Cemetery in Las Vegas.
Kevin Mitnick is known for a number of scandalous cyber crimes committed in the 90s. He hacked the systems of telecommunications companies and universities, stole credit card information and made money by fraud. He is believed to have stolen Santa Cruz Operation computer software and Motorola and Nokia systems. Mitnick became the first hacker to appear on the FBI's Most Wanted list, which brought him great fame.
In 1995, US intelligence services arrested Mitnik, and he was sentenced to five years in prison. It is interesting that for three years after his release, he was also forbidden to use a computer or mobile phone without the bailiff's permission.
He was released in 2000 and trained as an information security and cyber security specialist. Very quickly he gained great recognition, and since 2003 he headed Mitnick Security Consulting, and also founded KnowBe4. Apart from that, he also held a high position in Zimperium.
Mitnick has also written several books in which he describes how to impersonate other people and obtain access codes to various systems.