Famed hacker felled by flu By Frank Bajak, Associated Press Writer
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BOGOTA, Colombia - This Andean highlands capital has twice felled famed hacker and security consultant Kevin Mitnick. "I'm looking forward to getting on the first plane to the United States," Mitnick said Wednesday from his hospital room.
Mitnick, 42, said he has been laid up for some three days with a nasty flu, with a fever reaching 104 degrees.
On a separate visit back in May, the author of "The Art of Intrusion" and "The Art of Deception" said, he had spent a day in the hospital for tests after experiencing chest pains and elevated blood pressure.
Bogota's 8,700-foot elevation and a prescription drug Mitnick was taking were blamed for the May troubles, he said.
This time it was simply a nasty flu, which has prevented Mitnick from attending a big weekend hacker's conference in New York City.
"I tried to get to the airport to get to the plane to New York and just couldn't make it," he said.
Mitnick, in Colombia on consulting work for a client he would not name, said doctors had treated him with antibiotics and morphine.
Mitnick spent more than five years in prison for antics that prosecutors said included stealing software and altering data, causing millions of dollars in damage to such companies as Motorola Inc., Novell Inc., Nokia Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.
Released in 2000, Mitnick was barred for three years from contact with computers. He has since parlayed his notoriety and skills into a successful business in security consulting, speaking and writing.
Why there was a national press release about some fucking dumbass that steals from us and causes computer mayhem is remiss with me. He has the fucking flu. So What. I can only hope that with his elevated temperature he will attract ticks and mosquitos and his blood will boil.
Stay safe and happy computing.