Mitnick and Gates, TV Stars

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The world's most infamous hacker and the coder of the world's most frequently hacked software will be making appearances on TV series this fall.

Hacker Kevin Mitnick will be playing a CIA computer expert on an upcoming episode of ABC's hot spy thriller Alias and Microsoft Chief Software Engineer Bill Gates will appear in an episode of NBC's Emmy award-winning Frasier in November.

Gates plays himself in the Frasier episode scheduled to air Nov. 13. Mitnick appears in the Oct. 28 episode of Alias, playing Agent Burnett, a computer-savvy CIA agent who hacks into the network of bad-guy organization SD-6.

Mitnick spent five years behind bars for breaking into the computer systems of telephone and software companies. He denies many of the legal charges against him as well as much of the media reports of his activities, but readily admits he wasn't completely innocent.

"I've been following Kevin's story for years. He totally intrigues me," Abrams said. "He's been through so much, got some raw deals; but he's also honest about the wrongs he did. He's definitely been a sort of hero of mine for a while, and I always had it in the back of my mind that I'd like to cast him in one of my projects someday.

"And then I had the idea to have him play a federal agent on Alias, and it just cracked me up, so I knew it was a winner."

The Alias storyline revolves around Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) who lives a double life –- student by day, technology spy by night.

News source: Wired

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