Kevin Mitnick hawking historic laptops, book

Thursday, 3 October 2002, 1:14 PM EST

Famed hacker Kevin Mitnick said he is coming clean and hoping to make some money in the process by writing a book and auctioning off the infamous laptops he used to break into networks while he was a fugitive in the 1990s.

Labeled a "computer terrorist," Mitnick was on the run from the FBI for three years, hacking into the networks of Novell Inc., Motorola Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc., Nokia Corp. and computer scientist Tsutomu Shimomura, who helped the government capture him.

The U.S. Secret Service thought they had Mitnick cornered when they raided a Seattle apartment rented to a "Brian Merrill" on Oct. 28, 1994.

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