March 8, 2001

The 'ex-hacker' who would be tech King

Author: JT Smith

Businessweek.com: "Schmitz's biography is the stuff
of local tabloid legend, beginning with his arrest six years ago for allegedly hacking
into corporate computer systems and stealing telephone calling-card numbers.
Schmitz spent several months in pretrial detention, an experience that inspired him
to try using his skills to make a legal profit. "That's where I decided to use my
knowhow and skills to become the world's most successful businessman," says
Schmitz, with characteristic modesty. He adds, "Wasn't Hitler writing Mein Kampf
while being arrested? Not that I like Hitler hehe, it's just that strange people can
have strange ideas while being arrested." He punctuates the sentence with a
smiley face."

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