[ISN] Famed Hacker Felled by Flu

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Wed Jul 26 2006 - 23:49:10 PDT


By Frank Bajak
Associated Press Writer
July 26th, 2006

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - This Andean highlands capital has twice felled 
famed hacker and security consultant Kevin Mitnick. "I'm looking forward 
to getting on the first plane to the United States," Mitnick said 
Wednesday from his hospital room.

Mitnick, 42, said he has been laid up for some three days with a nasty 
flu, with a fever reaching 104 degrees.

On a separate visit back in May, the author of "The Art of Intrusion"  
and "The Art of Deception" said, he had spent a day in the hospital for 
tests after experiencing chest pains and elevated blood pressure.

Bogota's 8,700-foot elevation and a prescription drug Mitnick was taking 
were blamed for the May troubles, he said.

This time it was simply a nasty flu, which has prevented Mitnick from 
attending a big weekend hacker's conference in New York City.

"I tried to get to the airport to get to the plane to New York and just 
couldn't make it," he said.

Mitnick, in Colombia on consulting work for a client he would not name, 
said doctors had treated him with antibiotics and morphine.

Mitnick spent more than five years in prison for antics that prosecutors 
said included stealing software and altering data, causing millions of 
dollars in damage to such companies as Motorola Inc., Novell Inc., Nokia 
Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.

Released in 2000, Mitnick was barred for three years from contact with 
computers. He has since parlayed his notoriety and skills into a 
successful business in security consulting, speaking and writing.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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