Kevin Mitnick, a name synonymous with hacking and cybersecurity, has passed away at the age of 59 after a brave fight against pancreatic cancer. The news of his death was confirmed by reliable sources and first reported in an obituary posted on the website of Dignity Memorial, a Las Vegas funeral home.
Kevin David Mitnick, born on August 6, 1963, was a hacker who gained worldwide fame in the mid-1990s for his impressive hacking skills and social engineering expertise. His unauthorized access to computer systems and networks of various corporations and government entities led to his arrest by the FBI on computer hacking and wire fraud charges.
After his arrest, Mitnick served time in prison following a plea deal, making him one of the most high-profile cases in the history of computer-related crimes. However, he eventually turned his life around and became a respected figure in the cybersecurity community.
At the time of his passing, Mitnick held the position of “Chief Hacking Officer” and security evangelist at KnowBe4, a security awareness training company headquartered in Florida. Through his work, he dedicated himself to educating individuals and organizations about cybersecurity threats and raising awareness about the importance of strong digital defences.
Mitnick’s journey did not end with his legal troubles; he authored books that shed light on his experiences and provided valuable insights into the world of hacking and security. These contributions further solidified his reputation as the “world’s most famous hacker ever.”
In addition to his professional achievements, Kevin Mitnick leaves behind his wife, Kimberley Mitnick, who is currently pregnant with their first child. His legacy will undoubtedly continue through his family and his lasting impact on the cybersecurity industry.
Ralph Echemendia, a renowned cyber security specialist known as “The Ethical Hacker,” and recognized for his technical contributions to Oliver Stone’s 2016 movie “Snowden,” has expressed his grief over the passing of his dear friend, Mitnick. The two shared a close friendship.
Echemendia conveyed his condolences in a comment to Hackread.com, highlighting the importance of Mitnick’s contributions to the cybersecurity world.
Kevin Mitnick’s life stories are that of a hacker superhero! Love him or hate him, through innovation and education, he proved there is no remedy for human stupidity in the hacking world. Being a part of the Free Kevin Movement and then later becoming friends after meeting at Black Hat in Las Vegas, I can say this is a tremendous loss to our community. It’s heartbreaking. My deepest condolences to his wife, family, friends, and all of us who looked up to his talent, kindness, and hacker revolution legacy. “Hack the Plant,” Kevin!Ralph Echemendia, “The Ethical Hacker”
As the cybersecurity community mourns the loss of a pioneering figure, the world remembers Kevin Mitnick for his complex journey, from a notorious hacker to a revered cybersecurity expert. His story serves as a reminder of the potential for personal growth and redemption, even after a turbulent past.
The family requests privacy during this difficult time as they cope with their loss. Funeral arrangements and memorial services will be announced at a later date. May Kevin Mitnick rest in peace, and may his work inspire future generations to safeguard the digital realm.
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