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Regarding Mitnick: not.
ZDnet just sent out a newsletter promoting a series of stories,
including this one:
# IS YOUR KID A HACKER?
# Is your teen hacking the Pentagon instead of doing homework?
# How to tell -- and how to handle it. Convicted hacker Kevin
# Mitnick gives his views.
No mention of Mitnick.
They apparently meant to name the article author 'Kevin Poulsen'.
# It happened to my family 15 years ago, in one of the first hacker raids in the
# country. At that time, I was the teenage miscreant who was illegally accessing
# federal computers. Now, in my early thirties, I've begun to wonder how I would
# protect a kid of my own from becoming a poster child for computer crime. I believe
# the best approach is to stay informed and to communicate with your potential
That reminds me. For those who haven't seen it, there is a commercial
showing a little girl (about 8?) walking into an airport, dizzied by
all the destination choices. The narrative turns to ~"and the Internet
too has many destinations, not all of which she is ready for. Travel
All things considered, better than the Federales approach.
When your only tool is a hammer...all brains look like Gallagher's watermelons.