The world of computers, the internet, smart phones and other modern technology is a constant and central part of our lives. Because of this it is easy to forget how new, in the overall arc of human history this phenomenon is. As with all great shifts and new eras, notable people, people who otherwise would have remained obscure rise to prominence. Kevin Mitnick is just such a person.
Kevin Mitnick came of age just as the new age of technology was taking off. It suited him well and Kevin Mitnick learned early to maneuver well within it. Perhaps a bit too well as his skill and poor judgment got him in serious trouble. Kevin Mitnick's story is not just about cyber crime. It’s about perspective, it’s about the humanity of those in authority, it’s about learning lessons and second chances. Perhaps above all it’s about whether the leopard can change its spots, or whether those were really spots after all.