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October 2003

Frank Abagnale preaches the dangers of hacking

No one need tell Frank Abagnale Jr. about the growing threat of identity theft and social engineering. He's a master of these crimes. As depicted in the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can, Abagnale, in the late '60s, used his prematurely gray hair, devilish good looks and unbridled personality to charm millions from banks and fool countless other people that he was, among other things, an assistant attorney general, physician, professor and airline pilot. Abagnale is the classic bad boy turned good. In the quarter-century since the global masquerade ended, Abagnale morphed his penitence into a wildly successful security consulting and professional speaking career. This month in Atlanta, Abagnale will take the stage in the last of a series of Novell-sponsored engagements, where he preaches to executives about the dangers lurking on the Internet. Abagnale rarely grants media interviews, and requests to speak with him for this column were not answered. However, a Chicago Tribune reporter was present for a recent seminar in the Windy ...

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