When ‘The World’s Most Famous Hacker’ Hacked a McDonald’s Restaurant Drive-In

When he was only 16, Kevin Mitnick hacked the drive-up windows of a local McDonald’s. To this day, he says this is his favorite hack ever.

Jul 2 2018, 2:00pmSnap

In his 2011 book, Kevin Mitnick called himself “the world’s most famous hacker.” It may seem like a stretch but Mitnick’s feats in the 1990s certainly put him in a lot of headlines at a time when newspapers didn’t really cover hackers and cybersecurity that often.

But before he went on the run for more than two years to avoid getting arrested and became the most wanted and most famous hacker of his time, Mitnick was a young, curious geek who learned how to hack by playing with radios—and playing pranks.

When he was 16, in one of his first-ever hacks, Mitnick figured out a way to take over the drive-up windows a local McDonald’s. Sitting in his car from across the street, Mitnick pretended to be a McDonald's employee, taking customers’ orders.

Get six of our favorite Motherboard stories every day by signing up for our newsletter.

Tagged:

Tech, video, cybersecurity, hackers, McDonald's, Infosec, information security, greatest moments in hacking history, GMIHH

More
like this
Ghislaine Maxwell Wrapped Her Phone in Tinfoil—What Does That Actually Do?
This Tweet Crashes Twitter
'Anonymous' Is Going Viral Again, But Is It Really Back?
Pastebin Made It Harder To Scrape Its Site And Researchers Are Pissed Off
Interest in Zoom Zero-Day Hacks Is ‘Sky-High’ as Meetings Move Online
Is America Still Number One At Hacking? A Discussion
Researchers Say They Caught an iPhone Zero-Day Hack in the Wild
Ex-NSA Hacker Finds a Way to Hack Mac Users Via Microsoft Office