As the world's most famous reformed hacker, Kevin Mitnick has been the subject of countlessnews and magazine articles published throughout the world. Currently he is a security consultant to corporations worldwide and cofounder of Defensive Thinking, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm. Mitnick has testified before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on the need for legislation to ensure the security of the government's information systems.
His articles have appeared in major news magazines and trade journals, and he has appeared on Court TV, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, CNN's Burden of Proof and Headline News. Mitnick has also been a keynote speaker at numerous industry events and has hosted a weekly radio show on KFI-AM 640 Los Angeles.
The "most wanted" criminal of cyberspace at one time, Kevin Mitnick, told his story of how he turned from a renegade into respected security consultant, as well as offered commentary on various computer security and hacking issues in the news today. First hour guest, Mike Smith, one of the world's leading experts in the application of weather science, talked about hurricane Irene and the unusual quakes on the East Coast and in Colorado. The current forecast for Irene poses a threat to southern New England, New York, and New Jersey. ... More »Host: George Noory
Psychologist Dr. Garland Landrith, whose research was cited in the movie What the Bleep, discussed how inner thoughts can alter the physical realm through various methods including mass consciousness experiments, prayer, and "tapping" techniques. First hour guest, computer security expert Kevin Mitnick commented on the WikiLeaks outage and related tech issues. ... More »Host: George Noory
Author Lee Baumann M.D. described his evolution from an atheist to spiritual perspective, and presented the concept that God could be thought of as light. He cited studies in quantum physics, NDE encounters and religious accounts as all sharing similar descriptions of light. Light (not just visible light, but electromagnetic radiation) is found throughout the universe, and exists outside our four dimensions (including time), he said. According to quantum physics, light is a type of cosmic consciousnessâ it is omnipresent, existing everywhere at one time and allows for an instantaneous transfer of information. Further, all matter will eventually decompose into light, he added. Many religions describe God in terms of light, and Baumann no longer feels this is metaphorical. He spoke about how near-death experiencers saw beams of light coming out of the Earth-- they were told these were prayers. ... More »Host: George Noory
Space historian Robert Zimmerman shared his insights on such topics as the Shuttle mission, upcoming technology, and commercial ventures in space. ... More »Host: George Noory
Computer security expert Kevin Mitnick touched on a variety of computer- and security-related topics, including OS vulnerabilities and defenses, hacking, and government communication monitoring. Mitnick said all computer operating systems have flaws that can be exploited. If you're connected to the Internet, he explained, you should assume you can be attacked and ask yourself, "What can I do to limit the damage?" ... More »Host: Art Bell
Paranormal investigator John Zaffis returned to the show, along with two witnesses, to discuss a significant poltergeist case that recently occurred to a New England family. A young girl going through puberty initially became the focus of unusual activity, with her heavy bed moving on its own. Spirits may be attracted to a child's energy or aura during adolescence, as they can draw on this energy (as well as that of electrical appliances) in order to manifest, explained Zaffis. ... More »Host: George Noory
World-famous hacker and 'vulnerability researcher,' Kevin Mitnick, provided a glimpse into the minds of hackers, as well as shared real hacking stories from his newest book, The Art of Intrusion. Mitnick said many hackers use "social engineering" to trick people into revealing secure information about their network. In one example, he reported how a hacker was able to physically enter a company's conference room and plug in a wireless access point from which he could later launch remote attacks against the company's computer systems. ... More »Host: Art Bell
The first two hours of Friday's show featured reformed hacker and computer security expert Kevin Mitnick. He fielded calls from listeners and discussed this week's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which temporarily interrupted service to several popular web sites including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. He also mentioned the new cell phone virus Cabir, and related a story about hackers he knew who were able to steal address book and other data from a certain manufacturer's cell phone.Mitnick is currently working on a new book tentatively titled The Art of Intrusion, which will reveal true, untold stories of successful hackers. One story being considered for inclusion is about two hackers who reverse engineered a video poker machine and wrote a program that could predict the exact moment a royal flush was due to hit. According to Mitnick, they took Vegas for several hundred thousand dollars. If you're a current or former hacker and want to help with this book, send ... More »Host: George Noory
The world's most famous (reformed) hacker, Kevin Mitnick discussed how computer hackers nowadays can run the gamut from hardcore terrorists to teenagers trying to impress their friends. Telephone systems are also vulnerable and Mitnick recounted a tale of a hacker who discovered a radio stations' rollover numbers, and through using call forwarding was able rig numerous call-in contests. ... More »Host: George Noory
This Friday night, George opened a special topic line for Ghouls and Vampires, which drew some interesting characters out of the woodwork. There was a vampire who said he was on the prowl on the street, but that he sucked energy rather than blood. A bartender from New Orleans told of an eloquent Goth vampire who startled him with his retractable fangs. Other intriguing calls included an artist who said she was "driven by outside forces," to create demonic "death drawings," which depicted such things as human/animal mixtures. In the three times she gave this type of art to other people, they all came to untimely ends shortly after getting her work. At a bonfire with friends in the South Missouri woods, a caller told of capturing a 4-ft. tall gray critter, that seemed more human than animal. It was currently being kept in a cage in the garage and "it loves meat," he said. Another strange creature tale came from a woman in Massachusetts who described seeing a male and female Big ... More »Host: George Noory
"Once you become aware of how a con game works you're in a much better position to defend yourself," reformed hacker Kevin Mitnick (defensivethinking) said on Monday night's program. He chronicled his life before and after his arrest for computer crimes, and offered tips to protect one's private information. "What the worm did was exploit a known vulnerability," Mitnick said of the recent Internet intrusion that slowed down systems internationally."Businesses need to be concerned about configuration and patch management. Otherwise they're just low-hanging fruit," to be picked off he added. More ominously he warned of "Zero Day Exploits." "There's no fix for it," he said of a type of cyber infiltration that takes advantage of unrealized vulnerabilities, and is done to advance whatever the hacker's agenda is. ... More »Host: George Noory
Earthfiles reporter and editor, Linda M. Howe, is an Emmy Award-winning TV producer, investigative reporter and author. Linda is featured every Saturday evening on DreamlandAs the world's most famous hacker, Kevin has been the subject of countless news and magazine articles published throughout the world. With more than fifteen years of experience in exploring computer security, Kevin Mitnick is a largely self-taught expert in exposing the vulnerabilities of complex operating systems and telecommunications devices. ... More »Host: Art Bell