I craft chainmaille while enjoying audiobooks. My current favorite Authors are: Butcher, Gaiman, Hearne, Correia, Scalzi and Hodder.
This book is great, if you want to learn the basics of social engineering for malevolent purposes.
Not do great if you're a decent human being.
Being a teenager around the beginning of the Myth of Kevin i always wanted to know more about him. I was one of those teenagers stuck in a dark room with a 300bps modem connecting to BBS systems , and looking for the 0 day warez. Spent most of my middle school and high school time exploring telecom systems and the ever evolving internet.
I enjoyed Kevin's story, I enjoyed the level of technical description, but I really enjoyed was the stories into social engineering. I mean really? People just give up the info so easily? As a telecom employee I never gave up any information that could get my walls breeched, or was I socially engineered and not even know it. Thats how good he was.
I felt at times that he embellished portions of the book, or really just over acted some parts. In the end its his story and it is a wild one , he can say what he wants. Some portions of the book seem to serve as an apology message.
I will share this will my old "Computer" buddies.
No. I loved listening to this story, but it's not one that invites re-reading.
The peak into the inner workings of one of the world's best social engineers was fascinating, and the pace of the story kept me coming back.
Ray Porter is what made this audio book. His narration was spot on in such a way that I truly believed the things happening had happened to him. It felt like I was there.
While I truly enjoyed this book, it did get somewhat repetitive toward the end.
I really enjoyed this book. The narration was superb; I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't the author because it was so authentic. I could feel the narrator's anger, fear, and frustration at certain points in the story, making it even more believable.
I see where many reviewers didn't like the book because they thought the author was arrogant. I see it more as confident than arrogant; he is smart and he knows his stuff. And while he portrays himself as a victim in places, he takes responsibility in others. I was fascinated by his social engineering successes; prior to reading this, the only time I encountered the term "social engineering" was during mandatory computer security training at work. The examples used there were lame attempts to get access to a company's computer system, and were quite obvious (as in, don't hold the door open for someone you don't know); when I read some of Kevin's tactics, I gained a new appreciation for the term. I kept thinking throughout the book that prior to the computer age, he would not be called a social engineer, but rather, would be referred to as a "con man."
The book was technical enough to get the point across, but not overly technical where you couldn't understand it. It was a bit repetitive in parts, but it was part of the story so it was "necessary repetition." Also, I was bored by some of the replicas of the emails; I didn't need to know every character in an email or every character of code. But those parts were not an integral part of the book and did not detract from my enjoyment of it.
I have to say, Kevin became my hero when someone cut him off in traffic and his response was to hack in the DMV system, get the guy's cell phone number, and then call him to ream his butt out! Come on, who has not ever wanted to do that? That was sweet! I wish I could bring Kevin along on my commute to and from work - I encounter plenty of candidates for this type of hacking project every day!!!!!
Overall, the book was past faced, it read like a fictionalized thriller, and was well narrated. The opening scene hooked me, and my interest was piqued throughout the whole story.
I love all audio books over the print versions really. I listen as I drive and can't do that with a book.
Being in the telecom field for over 20 years, many items in the book really hit home. I realize the security trianing I recieve today is all about the social engineering angle. Very fun listen for me.
I am not sure if Ray has done any other books I have listened to but he done a great job.
Working in many central offices over the past 2 decades, I understand Kevin's facination with how it all works.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
John Waters is supposed to have said, “Without obsession, life is nothing”. Kevin Mitnick’s assisted autobiography infers that hacking became his life obsession. Kevin Mitnick, in the span of 20 years, was convicted four times for hacking (seeking or exploiting computer system weaknesses).
“Ghost in the Wires” is a semi-believable story. It is semi-believable because it is told by a convicted liar. It is a story of an extraordinary white-collar criminal that alleges he never financially benefited from spying on people or stealing proprietary software programs from dozens of major corporations and government agencies.
In Mitnick’s afterword, it appears Mitnick’s life as a criminal made him both famous and financially secure. One wonders, how much more Mitnick could have accomplished without breaking the law. After all, one presumes John Waters meant life is something if you are obsessive–without much doubt, Mitnick is that.
The underlying truth in Mitnick’s story is that obsession can be good or bad, depending on one’s inclination.
The story itself was interesting, and I was sucked in pretty quickly at the beginning. After the first half though, it just plodded along, growing more tedious. I wanted to know how it all got resolved, so I hung in there, but it was hard to listen, as opposed to other books that I can't stop listening to.
I also lost all favor for the writer/main character as the story went on. At first he was interesting, but I got to the point where I could no longer abide his flagrant disregard for the law. I was rooting for the time where he actually got caught and held accountable.
There was also a lot of technical writing that lost me, but I am admittedly not THAT computer savvy, so maybe I'm not the target audience.
Overall it was interesting, but I couldn't get on board with cheering on such an egotistical criminal.
Sidenote: The narrator did a great job with what he had to work with, but could have had more variety when speaking in voices other than the main character.
Exciting, unbelievable, true
That one person could social engineer so many people and get his hands on so much source code is just unbelievable. Some of the things he did defy belief. And yet, at the same time, he seemed somewhat narcissistic and callous.
I never knew what "phone freakers" were until I read this book.
I think someone who is more interested in hacking will enjoy it better.
Have a different voice narrate
Have a different narrator.