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How to troll the FBI by Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick, one of the most popular ethical hacker in the world has gone interview with Big Think. He was the most wanted cyber criminals in the United States during his ‘black hat’ time.

In the video above, Mitnick shared how he trolled the FBI way back those years.

As according to the video, the time when the authorities were going to catch him, he hacked into Los Angeles mobile carrier of the FBI. He was able to locate , trace and know who the agents were calling. He even set up a warning system wherein it alerted him whenever agents were already near his apartment.

To troll the FBI, Mitnick put donuts on his fridge and write “FBI donuts” on it. So, the time those agents open his fridge they will found it themselves.

The legendary hacker said, “I was a little bit insane.” “Why I did this psychologically is I loved putting myself in dangerous situations and then trying to work my way out of them.”

Video Transcript:

When the government was chasing me I wanted to get a sense of how close they were and to me this was a game. It was kind of like I was a little bit insane and I treated my fugitive status as a big video game. Unfortunately, it had real consequences and why I did this psychologically is I loved putting myself in dangerous situations and then trying to work my way out of them. I don’t know why I liked doing this, but I did. So what I did is I hacked into the cellular provider in Los Angeles that serviced the FBI cell phone numbers of the agents that were chasing me, so to make a long story short I was able to get the cell phone numbers of the agents and then by hacking into the cellular provider I could monitor where they physically were, physically in Los Angeles. I could also monitor who they were calling and who was calling them.

So based on my traffic analysis and my location data I was able to find out if the feds ever got close and one time they did. I had an early warning system set up in 1992 when I was working as a private investigator in Los Angeles and when the warning system was tripped off I found out that the FBI was actually at my apartment and I was a mile away in Calabasas, but I just drove in from the apartment to work, so obviously they weren’t there to arrest me and I didn’t think if they were still near my apartment that it was to surveil me, so the only logical thing is that they were there to conduct a search and that means to get a search warrant. They didn’t have a search warrant yet.

So in every criminal case when they have to get a search warrant from a judge they have to write down the precise description of the premises to be searched. It’s the Fourth Amendment stuff and so I figured out that that was going on and so the very next day I cleaned up—well that evening I cleaned up everything from my apartment that the FBI may be interested in and then the very next day went out to Winchell’s Donuts and got a big dozen assorted donuts and I labeled the box “FBI donuts” and I put it in the refrigerator. So when they were going to come search the only thing they would find is I had some donuts for them.

They searched the next day. They didn’t’ find anything. I don’t even know if they opened the refrigerator, but if they did they didn’t help themselves to a donut for some reason. I don’t know why.

Credit: Big Think : Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler, Elizabeth Rodd, and Dillon Fitton

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