Kevin Mitnick not welcome in the security sector

Tuesday, 29 April 2003, 4:13 PM EST

A top security expert has hit out at claims by convicted hacker Kevin Mitnick that reformed cyber-criminals have a lot to offer the IT security industry.

Advocating second chances for convicted cyber-criminals, Mitnick said: "I think that it depends on the person - what value they bring. Trust has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis."

However, his words did little to convince Vincent Gullotto, vice president of Network Associates' anti-virus emergency response team (AVERT). Gullotto said: "If Kevin Mitnick turned up my doorstep asking for a job, I'd tell him, 'Sorry, but we don't have any jobs going'.

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