Kim Schmitz is Germany's most notorious computer hacker. His hacking crimes as a teenager in Munich led to him spending a couple of months in jail. It's not just his hacking that has brought him notoriety but also his extremely flambuoyant lifestyle. After being busted for hacking, Kim Schmitz decided put his skills to good use by starting a computer security company called Data Protect. In the year 2000 he sold of 80% of this company for many millions of Euros. He's since been spending these millions to fund his globe-trotting lifestyle. He posts photos on his website which show him frolicking with models on Caribbean beaches, road racing in Thailand, and deplaining from his private jet in the giant designer suits he has custom-made. "Giant" suits because Kimble is a big man. He stands 6'7 tall and weighs over 150 Kilos.
Kim Schmitz was born the in the Northern port city of Kiel in 1973. He is the youngest of 3 children. When his parents divorced he moved to Munich with his mother. It was in Munich that he grew up and spent many hours learning how to hack into public utility companies and banks. He managed to steal many tens of thousands of Deutsche Marks from German banks. In 1994 he was apprehended by the authorities and spent a brief spell in jail. The case came to court in 1998 but he was let off with the relatively light sentence of 2 years probation due to his crimes being committed when he was still a juvenile.
With the fortune made from the sale of Data Protect, Kimble has funded various start up companies including the investment company Kimvestor, Popstars TV, and the aggregate buying website LetsBuyIt.com. LetsBuyIt.com has its headquarters in London but most of the staff now work on the Osterwaldstrasse in Schwabing, Munich. Kimble no longer spends so much time in Munich but he is spotted out and about on occasion. There is a "Kim Schmitz" currently registered as living on Humboldtstrasse in Giesing.
Kimble's latest brush with the law was on 11th November 2003 when he appeared before a Munich court on charges of insider trading. Here he was handed down a sentence of 20 months probation. In the meantime Kimvestor is now insolvent and Kimble's latest project is to write his own biography.
Kim Schmitz's own website: Kimble
The "truth" about Kimble: Kimble-Doku