Clad in a blue suit and conservative necktie, KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer Kevin Mitnick no longer looks the part of the precocious teen who started hacking into computer systems while still in high school.
But when asked if any system is unhackable, there’s a youthful gleam in his eyes.
"I don’t know any system out there that’s impenetrable,” Mitnick told an audience of about 1,500 engineers at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in Austin, Texas this week. “In our experience, when we are hired by clients to attack their systems, our success rate is 100%.”
Mitnick, who goes by “the world’s most famous hacker,” knows about computer vulnerabilities. His resumé is replete with conquests of 40 major corporations. He once had the dubious distinction of being on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, and spent prison time in solitary confinement because prosecutors feared he could break into NORAD computers from his cell and launch nuclear missiles.
The pictures show Kevin talking about security with Freescale Semiconductor CEO Gregg Lowe.
At this week’s FTF conference, Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised. He suggested that the IoT has many of the same issues that now face corporate computer networks. Lack of encryption, authentication weaknesses, and password reset problems are just as likely to compromise the security of IoT applications, he said.