There's a convicted felon out there whose sole mission is to hack major companies and products, so he can then sell the security vulnerabilities he discovers back to those businesses and governments. And guess what? Organizations are willing to pay a lot of money for the information. But now there's word he's willing to sell some secrets to the highest bidder.
Six months ago, Kevin Mitnick started Mitnick's Absolute Zero Day Exploit Exchange. He describes it as an "Amazon wish list of exploits." It's basically an online marketplace where companies and governments can purchase security vulnerabilities that don't have any fixes yet, called zero-day exploits.
If Mitnick's name sounds familiar it's because he led the FBI on a manhunt in the mid-1990s. Back then, he was one of the most notorious "black hat" hackers in the world and hacked into a bunch of large corporations. He was eventually caught and spent over four years in prison.
Since he served his time, Mitnick has seemed to reform and has worked as a "white hat" hacker to help companies discover security problems in their own systems and fix them. But, this new business venture makes it sound like he's not quite as reformed as we thought. He's not doing anything technically illegal that we know of, but the business is definitely shady.