Notorious Hacker to Regain Internet Rights
The terms of that probation expire Jan. 20 and according to Dept. of Justice officials.
Mitnick was convicted of causing extensive financial damage when he hacked into the systems and altered data at University of Southern California, Novell, Nokia and Motorola. The search for Mitnick became a media sensation in the mid-1990s. While on the lam, Mitnick continued to break into corporate computer systems.
In a separate action, Mitnick has also been granted a ham radio license by the Federal Communications Commission after extensive legal wrangling. Mitnick, who had been a ham radio operator since he was 13 but lost his license following his felony conviction, first applied for a new ham license while in prison.
Since being freed from a Virginia federal prison, Mitnick has been allowed to use a cell phone and a computer as long as the devices were not connected to the Internet. He has also written a book about his experiences and has been making appearances to boost sales.