There seems to be a flurry of Kevin Mitnick related stories lately.
On Friday, a book co-written by Mitnick hit bookshelves. Entitled "The Art of Deception," it provides a very comprehensive look at the world of social engineering. After one day, "The Art of Deception" is at #34 on the Amazon best seller list. You can get a copy at your local bookstore or at amazon.com.
There is also currently an eBay auction taking place involving three historic Mitnick-related items that are being auctioned in order to raise funds.
The first is Mitnick's old Toshiba Satellite T1960CS, a 486 laptop computer seized by the FBI on February 15, 1995 in Raleigh, NC, during Mitnick's arrest. The laptop is working and has been loaded with a fresh version of Windows 95 as well as documentation in FBI evidence bags and more. The laptop has been signed on the bottom by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and says, "You've got the whole world in your hands. --Woz (Free Kevin!)." It is also signed by Mitnick himself. For more info, check
The second item is Mitnick's old Toshiba Satellite 4400SX 486 laptop computer which was seized by the Secret Service and Seattle Police Department on October 28, 1994 in Seattle, WA. The laptop was seized during a raid of Kevin Mitnick's (aka Brian Merrill's) apartment. It also comes with FBI evidence bags and autographs from Wozniak and Mitnick. More info on this is at
Finally, Mitnick is auctioning off a personal galley copy of his new book (also known as the uncorrected proofs prior to final edit). The book will be personally autographed by Mitnick and dedicated to a name provided by the winning bidder. More info on this one is at
One other bit of Mitnick-related news is something quite nice. We have it on good authority that the FCC Enforcement Bureau has decided to recommend that Mitnick be allowed to renew his ham radio license after Mitnick appealed to the court back in June. A final ruling on this should be issued soon.
And finally, Mitnick will be appearing live in the studio on our radio show ("Off The Hook") as part of a WBAI fundraiser on Wednesday, October 16 starting at 7 pm ET.