Infamous Hacker Becomes CIA Agent? - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
News
News
10/17/2001
03:30 PM
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
[Best Practices] Managing Multiple Clouds
Jul 26, 2017
Putting all your eggs in one cloud basket is risky, because clouds are not immune to denials of se ...Read More>>

Infamous Hacker Becomes CIA Agent?

Kevin Mitnick will portray a CIA computer expert on an upcoming episode of ABC's spy thriller "Alias."

Notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick has found himself a new gig, and the irony is so thick you could cut it with a knife: He'll be playing a CIA computer expert on an upcoming episode of ABC's spy thriller "Alias."

"It's just hilarious, the idea of playing a CIA agent with my history," says Mitnick. "I lived under aliases for years when I was a fugitive." Mitnick went underground for three years in the 1990s after being accused of breaking into the computer systems of several corporations, including Sun Microsystems Inc. and Motorola Inc. The law caught up with him in 1995, and he spent almost five years in prison. While in jail, his case became a cause celebre, as supporters complained that he was unfairly demonized and the government insisted he was a dangerous criminal.

Mitnick will appear in one scene of the Oct. 28 episode of "Alias," playing a CIA agent who has hacked into the network of evil organization SD-6. While filming the scene, Mitnick had to act with prop computers, since the terms of his supervised release prohibit him from possessing or using any kind of computer hardware.

"I hadn't acted before, and I thought it was a blast," says Mitnick. He's even considering pursuing more acting jobs in the future, particularly if they're in the same sort of "Mission Impossible" genre. His only complaint with the experience: The show's producers made him cut his long hair to a more conservative Fed-agent buzz cut.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
IT Strategies to Conquer the Cloud
Chances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll