Kevin Mitnick, the infamous computer hacker who was sentenced to solitary confinement in 1999 after prosecutors spun stories of his ability to "start a nuclear war by whistling into a telephone," has signed a deal with Little, Brown and Company to publish his autobiography.

"Finally I get to tell my side," said Mitnick to an 800-strong crowd at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference, later explaining that the conditions of his parole had prevented him from profiting from his crimes until now.


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Mitnick specialized in hacking humans, not machines, and popularized the term "social engineering" to describe it - pointing out it is far easier to trick someone into handing over sensitive information than it is to compromise a computer system.

The most famous book about Kevin Mitnick is Cyberpunk by Katie Hafter and John Markoff, which Mitnick has openly criticized for creating "the myth of Kevin Mitnick" - the man who hacked the computers at NORAD despite those computers not being connected to any network outside the building.

Needless to say, the book is sure to be a great yarn. We'll be keeping an eye on this one, so stay tuned for more.

Uber-Hacker Kevin Mitnick Signs Tell-All Book Deal [Silicon Valley Insider via Techmeme] [Image]