Feeds

Mitnick laptop for sale on eBay

h4xOr heirloom

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick has put the laptop seized during his 1995 arrest up for sale on eBay.

The venerable Toshiba Satellite T1960CS, 486 laptop was one of two PCs allegedly used by Mitnick to hack into networks of major corporations, including Motorola and Sun Microsystems. It was seized when he was arrested by the FBI on February 15, 1995, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The laptop became an important part of the Mitnick case before he decided to plead guilty to charges of wire fraud and intercepting communications, as part of a plea bargaining arrangement in 1999. It was recently returned to Mitnick by the FBI.

Forbes reports that some encrypted data has subsequently been wiped from the machine.

If you bid for the laptop (which is still working) you'll get a machine loaded with Windows 95, complete with a 14.4K modem and various documents of authenticity, including FBI evidence bags.

Mitnick is prohibited from using the Internet under the terms of his release. The auction is been conducted for him by his girlfriend and its proceeds will go towards paying off his legal bills.

Although eBay balked at the sale of other notable trinkets - such as his prison ID tag - in 2000, it seems happy enough to carry out the latest sale. Mitnick is forbidden from selling his story until 2007 but selling hardware connected with some of his more infamous exploits is apparently fine.

Bidding for the laptop stands at $9,200 (below its reserve price) with just over four days of bidding yet to go. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.