Kevin Mitnick is a awesome. He just did it. The author here narrate here about the entire hacking technique he had been through his entire life. I just can't imagine he hack down the entire system server on his early age and didn't even get caught by them thats the coolest stuff. He also travelled in the buses at free of cost I would like to do once thats real thrill. We should really give credit to Louis who is Kevin's friend also a hacker at the age of 16. They both together done some lovely stuff. I throughly enjoyed the life journey of Kevin. Stealing the FBI records he is amazingly dare to do that. He never mislead any of the files that he stole that shows he is genuine. All together this is lovely book for the techies who love to do some hacking. I loved it too.
Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.
Very much like franky A. Entertaining. Informative. Personal. It will change your life. It will change our country. But that's been Kevin's work for a couple of years now.
The story feels very single sided, even when Kevin discloses his discretion; you are left wondering how plausible his account of unwavering morals are.
I hope that it is near reality, as the book leads you along a journey where you cant help but to have empathy for Mitnick.
If you ever put tin foil on the center contact on the back of a Motorola brick phone this is a must read for you. Oh how I miss my Motorola brick phone. P.S. I had the Free Kevin bumper sticker on my car.
Story flowed well, was suspenseful and entertaining.
The story presented the stress and excitement of what Kevin was doing, how he pulled off staying elusive for so long and the betrayals that led to his arrest. Worth the liaten
couldn't wait to hear what would happen around the next corner. I saw the FREE KEVIN bumper stickers but didn't get it until now.
The book really picks up in the second half when Kevin goes on the run from the FBI. His hacking exploits and ingenious methods for staying one step ahead of everyone were fascinating, and the narrator had a very engaging style (it really felt like Kevin himself was telling his life story).
I am not a hacker but that part of the story interested me as it might others.
Not be so whiny. I haven't finished this book and don't know if I'll return to it because, as per my headline, Kevin Mitnick is a jerk. He continues to break the law and then whines about how policing agencies are trying to charge him for things he didn't do...guess what, if you break the law that sometimes happens. He also lost jobs as a result of his criminal past and again, he whines about that. He also puts the reputation of those around him, including his mother and girlfriend, at risk by engaging in criminal behaviour, and in the case of his girlfriend, does it with her computer so she is being looked at by the police.
At first I really like the story line but as above, once he started to blame others for him getting caught or charged for stuff he didn't do, I lost interest. I can understand that some was just a teenage boy being a cocky kid trying to push boundaries but not blaming himself for being unemployed because of his criminal past bugged me. He also seemed like an arrogant individual. Some of this may be addressed in the parts of the book that I haven't got to yet but not sure I'm going to finish listening to it so you may not wish to take my word for it.
The author is an amazing hacker, particularly of phone systems.... How he developed those skills is not really part of this story - you must just recognize that he is superhuman in these areas and accept each chapter's quick-technical run-by of how he hacked into the DVM in minutes to get the cell number of a guy who cut in him off so he could bitch at him, etc. Fascinating... at first....frightening.... of course.... There is some background to explain the why he developed these skills, but do you really get a feel for how this occurred? no. He's a high school not-interested kid, next thing you know for fun he's hacking into cell systems before most people even had a cell phone - where did this study come from? Why did he not think to apply these skills in a different way... maybe I didn't listen long enough but by chap 25 I was 'whatever, I don't care anymore'. Our lives are more vulnerable than we think to privacy theft of information. And, according to this book, everyone out there that has access to our critical information is an idiot that will hand that info over to anyone just for the asking... this is probably accurate and not a criticism of the book, but it becomes a boring story. I guess I would have found it more interesting to understand the author more - why would someone spend so much of their energy with the challenge of hacking phone companies - where was the drive to get a job where more exciting uses of this knowledge and skill could be used - or just to pay bills, rather than this story of one hack ahead of the FBI on and on, the story of how he finally got caught - or maybe he never did, I gave up by then.