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Hacking A to Z

Melvin Dummar says a grand conspiracy has denied him his portion of billionaire Howard Hughes' vast estate. Many consider Dummar to be a fraud but an in-depth investigation by Gary Magnesen has apparently shown Dummar to be a good samaritan who saved Hughes from certain death. Both joined George Knapp to discuss why Hughes was in the desert, as well as those who schemed to deny Dummar and several institutions of their rightful share of the Hughes estate. In the first hour, veteran music journalist Joel Selvin talked about the notorious Rolling Stones Altamont concert of 1969, considered by many to be rock’s darkest day.

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Hacking A to Z

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Date: Tuesday - February 10, 2004
Host: George Noory
Guests: Kevin Mitnick, Alan Corbeth

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.

Mitnick commented that his crimes were never about making a profit, but rather for the "intellectual challenge," and the thrill of being somewhere he shouldn't be. He currently runs Defensive Thinking, a consulting firm that helps to stop information theft. Right now,wireless devices pose the biggest threat to security Mitnick commented.

He will be serving as Chairman, later this year to the Access Denied Conference in Las Vegas, and is also collecting stories for use in his forthcoming book The Art of Intrusion.

Creating C2C

First hour guest, former radio executive, Alan Corbeth (acorbeth@aol.com) shared the tale of how he discovered Art Bell's radio show on KDWN in Las Vegas in 1993, and eventually formed a partnership with him that was instrumental in the expansive syndication of Coast to Coast AM.

Bumper Music

Bumper music from Tuesday February 10, 2004

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