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Infamous Hacker Becomes CIA Agent?
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 02:45:15 -0500 (CDT)

[Ok, watching 'Alias' is one of my guilty pleasures of the new fall
lineup, I wonder if Mitnick will end up being a regular? :)  - WK]


http://www.informationweek.com/story/IWK20011017S0018

By David M. Ewalt
Oct. 17, 2001

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.



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