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Kevin Mitnick - People
Mitnick is arguably the world's most well known hacker. His latest imprisonment became an international cause for the hacker community, spear headed by his long time friend, Emmanuel Goldstein.
Mitnick's latest imprisonment wasn't his first, however. He was first arrested when he was 17 for stealing computer manuals. Arrests for other crimes came in 1983 and 1987. In 1988, when he was 25, the FBI arrested him for stealing software from Digital Equipment, a crime which he spent 8 months in prison for.
Fighters for Mitnick's cause run the Official Kevin Mitnick Website, where his life and legal problems are well documented.
Kevin Mitnick has become the focus of several books, including Tsutomu Shimomura's controversial "Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw -- By The Man Who Did It."