Chapter 3. Creating Stories about Complex Technical Issues

U.S. v. Mitnick: A Case That Defined the Internet Threat

Perhaps the best-known computer crime story that resulted in a successful criminal prosecution is the widely publicized 1995 apprehension and prosecution of Kevin Mitnick. The network investigation was chronicled by John Markoff in a spectacular series of articles in the New York Times and later by the same reporter in the book Takedown, coauthored by the hero of the story, Tsutomu Shimomura.[1] Shimomura, one of the better known of Mitnick's many hacking victims over the years, took on the challenging investigation into the use of a theoretically understood—but hitherto unproven—intrusion method to obtain access to his personal computer. ...

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