Tragic news from King David Memorial Chapel and Cemetery in Las Vegas:
Kevin David Mitnick, 59, died peacefully on Sunday, July 16, 2023,
after valiantly battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year.
Kevin is survived by his beloved wife, Kimberley Mitnick, who
remained by his side throughout their 14-month ordeal. Kimberley
is pregnant with their first child. Kevin was ecstatic about this
new chapter in his and Kimberley’s life together, which has now
been sadly cut short.
All cancers can go fuck themselves, but man, pancreatic cancer has taken so many people of late: Alex Trebek, Pixar animator Ralph Eggleston, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and of course Steve Jobs. Also: Jef Raskin and Randy Pausch (“The Last Lecture” professor).
Just brutal to hear that Mitnick’s wife is pregnant.
Kevin emerged from his final prison term, which he deemed a
“vacation”, in January 2000. He was a changed individual, and
began constructing a new career, as a White Hat hacker and
security consultant. He became a highly sought-after global public
speaker, a writer, and established the successful Mitnick Security
Consulting. In November 2011, he became the Chief Hacking Officer
and part owner of security awareness training company KnowBe4,
founded by close friend and business partner Stu Sjouwerman.
Kevin attracted attention and support from unlikely sources. The
bus driver who saw young Kevin memorize the bus schedules, punch
cards and punch tool systems so he could ride the buses all day
for free testified as a character witness for Kevin during his
federal trial. The federal prosecutor offered his testimony that
Kevin never tried to take one dime from any of his “victims”. The
probation officer assigned to monitor Kevin after prison gave
Kevin permission to write his first book on a laptop when he was
not yet supposed to have access to computers. Shawn Nunley, the
star witness in the FBI’s case against Kevin, became so
disillusioned with the government’s treatment of Kevin that he
contacted Kevin’s defense team, helped garner Kevin’s release, and
became one of Kevin’s dearest friends. Kevin had an irresistible
way of converting foes to friends and keeping them as friends
Mitnick was technically gifted, but his greatest hacking skill was social engineering.
★ Thursday, 20 July 2023