World’s Most Famous Hacker to Headline Science Center’s Annual Benefit

former FBI Most Wanted criminal will headline the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s annual benefit, The Science of Invisibility: An Evening with Kevin Mitnick.” The event will take place April 4th, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Circle Dining Room at The Breakers in Palm Beach.


Kevin Mitnick poses at an undisclosed location in this undated photo released to the press on Aug. 11, 2011. Mitnick wrote “Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker.” Photographer: Jari Tomminen/Hachette Book Group via Bloomberg

The notorious hacker says he invaded nearly 40 major corporations just for the challenge, and has moved on from an FBI Most Wanted to a most-wanted cyber security speaker and top selling author.


“I’m looking forward to being in Palm Beach for the South Florida Science Center’s annual event,” Mitnick said. “I’m honored to have been invited to be their featured speaker about such a timely topic.”


Mitnick now devotes his life to helping combat data thieves, cyber-vandals and other malicious computer intruders, and mentors leaders, executives and staff on both the theory and practice of social engineering — topics on which he is the leading global authority.


“I am thrilled that Kevin Mitnick is the keynote speaker for this event because he is so fascinating,” said Lew Crampton, President and CEO of the Science Center. “He is a perfect fit for our mission to ‘open every mind to science’ and his informal presentation – with questions from the audience – will be like a technology magic show, including the latest techniques that will educate and inform those in attendance while keeping them on the edge of their seats. He will offer a live demonstration of the latest hacks and cyber threats to improve security awareness. Kudos to our event leadership for selecting such a timely and engaging speaker.”


Event chairwomen are Mary Freitas, Elizabeth Gordon and Caroline Cummings Rafferty. Honorary chairs are Mr. and Mrs. Lew Crampton, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lorentzen and Mr. and Mrs. John Niblack.


Major sponsors of “The Science of Invisibility: An Evening with Kevin Mitnick” include Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. John Niblack, the Stiles Nicholson Foundation, Palm Beach Illustrated, PNC Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Robb Allan, Mr. and Mrs. Lew Crampton, Mr. and Mrs. Llwyd Ecclestone, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Freitas, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Haft, Mr. Amin Khoury, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lorentzen, Mr. and Mrs. James McCann, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Rafferty.

The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations. Astronaut, the blockbuster exhibit on display until April, immerses visitors in life on board the International Space Station. For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.


Tickets for the event are $600 per person and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information or to purchase tickets, please contact Marcy Hoffman at (561) 370-7738 or [email protected] or visit