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|Also known as:||
|Date of Birth:||July 13th, 1971|
|Place of birth:||Undisclosed location|
|Portrayed by:||theNGclan (voice)|
Gary Mitnick is a hacker for the eHero UnderGround organization and is a main character in San Andreas Connection. He is a supporting character in The Libertonian, acting as the narrator.
Gary was born in an undisclosed location in America on July 13th, 1968. He first started learning the intricacies of computers and electronics when he was 16 years old. Over the years, he learned more about how to exploit weaknesses and how to social engineer specific people. It wasn't until he became 23 before he would be hired by Fruit Computers. He would later be disbanded for attempting to release the Source Code of the iFruit Operating System (iFruit OS).
Some time after he was fired from Fruit, he befriended a reporter for Fierro Weekly, a newspaper organization, after he gave an interview on the status of the "dot-com boom". They had one daughter together, but Gary would later abandon his family shortly before the Facade Hacking Fiasco of 1998.
Rivalry with Greg Leonard
In 1991, Gary would be hired to develop anti-modification software for the Fruit operating system. While Gary developed a complex set of algorithms to prevent modifications, he was also releasing all documentation on his software alongside the source code of the Fruit Operating System. Once Greg Leonard caught wind of the situation Gary was fired. Greg swore that Gary would "never get work again" and destroyed any chance he had at getting another job.
Facade Hacking Fiasco of 1998
January 27th, 1998. Gary is one of three people who successfully hacked into the Facade Network, the only thing that sets him apart is that he's the only person to still live after the event. He managed to download an unreleased version of their operating system. The OS is later leaked onto numerous websites and Facade's stock severely plummeted. Stockholders backed off and the Board of Directors was not happy, thus sending Facade Corporation into bankruptcy.
Facade sent numerous people out to take care of Gary along with the other two hackers. He got away in time, while his online friends weren't so lucky. Whether or not they are actually dead or are being held captive remains unknown. The news networks around the world referred to Gary by his online name, eHero.
Gary's Manifesto & Increased Media Coverage
In 2000, Gary writes a Manifesto which is seen throughout the hacking community as a "code". It details why he became a hacker and what society should take away from the act, as well as a list of guidelines.
The Conscience of a Hacker
Written on January 10, 2000
Another one got caught today, it's all over the papers. "Teenager Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal", "Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering"... Damn kids. They're all alike.
But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain, ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker? Did you ever wonder what made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?
I am a hacker, enter my world...
Mine is a world that begins with school... I'm smarter than most of the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me... Damn underachiever. They're all alike.
I'm in junior high or high school. I've listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand it. "No, Ms. Smith, I didn't show my work. I did it in my head..." Damn kid. Probably copied it. They're all alike.
I made a discovery today. I found a computer. Wait a second, this is cool. It does what I want it to. If it makes a mistake, it's because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn't like me...
Or feels threatened by me...
Or thinks I'm a smart ass...
Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here...
Damn kid. All he does is play games. They're all alike.
And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through the phone line like rubbing alcohol flowing through the strip, an electronic pulse is sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a board is found.
"This is it... this is where I belong..."
I know everyone here... even if I've never met them, never talked to them, may never hear from them again... I know you all...
Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. They're all alike...
You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We've been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.
This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.
Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.
Maze Bank Attack of 2003
Gary made his latest move towards the Maze Bank in 2003. He, along with several accomplices from an underground hacker network, broke into the Maze Bank network and stole several gigabytes worth of personal information. This attack did not go unnoticed and gained the attention of the United States Government.
The FIB would quickly go after Gary and the rest of crew shortly after the attack. Gary was later offered a sum of $5,000,000 to help the FIB stop his accomplices and stop his attacks to keep his freedom. He agrees, but quickly realizes the task is far too dangerous. When helping the FIB take down the underground network, he ended up destroying the largest hacking community on the internet alone. Several hundred hackers were arrested (and killed in few instances).
Life after 2003
Gary became an icon of technological advancement around the world, but his fame would eventually simmer down. After participating in a few choppy infomercials with other has-been celebrities, his fame and fortune declined and lost all hopes of money and power. Gary never returned to his family. He would form the eHero Underground organization in 2008 following the start of the recession in 2007.
Life in 2014, eHero Underground, & meeting the Trio
Prior to working with Niko Bellic in July, 2017, Gary made a few connections during his decline over a 10 year period. One of these connections is with the Trio, meeting through Lester Crest who became partners in 2009. Lester was an avid follower of Gary's work, and as such sought out to find him to assist with the newly-formed Liberty, Inc. Gary also reconnected with his family, notably his daughter - although this was short-lived as he returned to his life of hacker-culture.
Events of San Andreas Connection
As of 2017, Gary is working with Lester Crest and continues to operate eHero Underground. After Niko is coerced by Lester into working with him, Gary quickly befriends Niko throughout San Andreas Connection. Gary and Niko would then go on to plan various heists, some without Lester's help - such as the raid on Weazel News (The News Heist). Gary would sometimes act without Lester's permission, and would be the target of criticism within the group, mostly by Lester himself. Gary has a habit of talking behind Lester's back, which can be noted in multiple missions. The three of them would then go on to plan The Yacht Raid alongside Alex Vogil, of which Gary is highly skeptical of. This triggers a set of events in motion and eventually, Gary and Niko rebel against Alex, with Lester, and eHero Underground, caught in the crossfire. It is unknown what happens to Gary after 2017, but is suggested he went into hiding. Gary would attempt to contact close comrades from eHero and several important business partners in later years. His organization would operate without him, remembering their creator by framing his Manifesto in their hideout.
Life in 2019, & Gary's Lost Tapes
In August 2019, Gary recorded tapes of his previous encounters and criminal life should anyone find them, in the event Gary was killed or had died of natural causes. In his tapes, Gary talked about his early life, becoming a hacker, being hired for Fruit Computers, the Facade Hacking Fiasco of 1998, his attack on Maze Bank, as well as his downfall in the 2000s. It is unknown if he ever permanently returned to his family after this time.
Reluctantly, Gary also recorded his experiences with meeting Lester, as well as the Trio. Gary goes into much detail concerning how he met Lester, as well as Lester's colleagues and former associates. Gary also discusses his thoughts on the Trio, and the Trio's various adventures throughout 2014. Through this, Gary acts as Narrator of The Libertonian. The events of San Andreas Connection weren't recorded.
FIB Database record
- Gary Mitnick is loosely based off real-life hacker, Gary McKinnon.
- Gary Mitnick's voice is portrayed by theNGclan.
- Gary was the first character to come to mind when San Andreas Connection was being written, having been created for a previous project by theNGclan, Grand Theft Auto: UnLocked.