“I started hacking back in the ’70s and there were basically no laws against it, against phreaking or hacking. In school, my parents and other people actually encouraged it. There were no ethics taught. If you could hack into the school’s computer you were considered a whiz kid. Today if you do it you get expelled or they call the cops. It was like a reward of intellect back when I got started. Then they criminalized it later…..I served five years, and I ended up in solitary confinement for a year….”
Insightful interview with ex-con Kevin Mitnick on news.com.
PS They still don’t teach ethics in CS departments as a general rule.