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Kevin Mitnick Detained in Atlanta for having computer equipment on flight

If you know me you know I don't like Atlanta and have many reasons (which I won't go into here). I have another one to add to this list after reading a story about Kevin Mitnick being detained for having lots of computer equipment with him.

"In his luggage, they found a MacBook Pro, a Dell XPS M1210 laptop, an Asus 900 mini-laptop, three or four hard drives, numerous USB storage devices, some Bluetooth dongles, three iPhones, and four Nokia cell phones (with different SIM cards for different countries).

They also found a lock-picking kit and an HID proximity card spoofer that can be used to snag data stored on physical access cards by swiping it in front of them. The data can then be used to enter locked doors without having to make a forged access card. Mitnick says he used the device in a demonstration about security in his speech in Bogota, but that the customs agents' eyes lit up when they saw it, thinking it was a credit card reader.

Mitnick asked if he was under arrest and was told that, no, he was just being detained. He asked if there is a warrant for his arrest and he was told, "We don't know yet." The agents let him call his lawyer and his family.

"I was really nervous because I didn't know what the hell was going on," he said."

There was another situation where he was being investigated for cocaine (which was a false alarm) but quoting the story

"The two incidents were, apparently, completely unrelated and coincidental."

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10054569-83.html?tag=mncol


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