I came across this business card today while digging through a drawer full of sticky notes and rubber bands. I thought I’d take a photo and share this artifact of computer history.
For those of you who didn’t follow the drama around computer hacking in the 1990s, Kevin Mitnick is well known in the IT security world. He’s been in federal prison a couple times, was famous for social engineering his way into places he shouldn’t have gone, and is the subject of several books and films. He works a couple of hours away from me in Florida.
The card is thin stainless steel, laser-cut to be separated into components that make a functional lockpicking set. Fortunately for me, lockpicking tools aren’t illegal in Florida unless they are “possessed with intent” to commit a crime. Prosecutors may try to prove intent to make the case, but generally, if you don’t have a criminal record and aren’t creeping around a locked door, you are fine.
The irony here is obvious. As a convicted felon, Kevin is far more likely to get in trouble carrying his own business card than most people. However, everyone should be aware that in several states lockpicking tools are illegal or possession is considered prima facie evidence of a crime. See the map below.