Kevin Mitnick, Once the World’s Most Wanted Hacker, Is Now Selling Zero-Day Exploits
By Andy Greenberg for WIRED
As a young man, Kevin Mitnick became the world’s most notorious black hat hacker, breaking into the networks of companies like IBM, Nokia, Motorola, and other targets. After a stint in prison, he reinvented himself as a white hat hacker, selling his skills as a penetration tester and security consultant.
With his latest business venture, Mitnick has switched hats again: This time to an ambiguous shade of gray.
Late last week, Mitnick revealed a new branch of his security consultancy business he calls Mitnick’s Absolute Zero Day Exploit Exchange. Since its quiet inception six months ago, he says the service has offered to sell corporate and government clients high-end “zero-day” exploits, hacking tools that take advantage of secret bugs in software for which no patch yet exists.