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.
Say something about yourself!
Very interesting tromp through the adventures and addictions of a phone and computer hacker. By the end I was convinced that he was a danger to national security. Thank heavens he turned his talent to helping defend systems.
It was interesting to hear about Kevin's rise from phone freak to (in)famous hacker. It was well narrated - Porter makes you believe he really is Kevin - but it was also difficult to tolerate Mitnick's tremendous lack of self-insight. He apologizes over and over to his family for his persistent hacking, but can't explain why it was compulsive or even guess about it. Still, a nice piece of late twentieth century history.
Well, I suppose it was more useful than playing another round of 'Words with Friends'; but you just get this feeling that he is bragging - about stuff that is not so brag-worthy. I did find some of the technical exploits interesting, even though all of his moves are so hopelessly outdated now, at time of reading, that they just come off as a curiosity. But he annoyingly goes on with lines such as: 'You won;t believe what I did..', or 'For the first time in history...' and plenty of 'Oh, I am just somthing else!' Piss off, tubby.
Mitnick needs to stop writing, and/or spinning, his tales so that they come across as if he is this incredible, Wonder-Woman action figure, who is doing us little people a HUGE favor by regaling us with his outlandish tales of daring and bravery...please: pull your head out of your ass, dude.
If so, a convoluted, draggy-movie, starring 'Jack Black': a big, fat mess whom I do not like.
If it wasn't in the 'Clearance Bin' for $4.99, I would have been quite upset, possibly even stomping my foot in righteous indignation.
About the middle--the story itself was interesting, and at times gripping, but I found myself being annoyed by the author's attitude about what he did and how others reacted.
The details of what the author did and how he did it--and how easy it was.
My favorite character was the author's ex-wife, who left him (as she should) when she realized he was an addict and was not going to change. She was the only one who seemed to have any sense about him. His other family members were enablers.
I found myself being really frustrated by three things--the narcissism displayed by the author (typical of an addict), his frequent assurances that he "loved" his family and did not want to go to jail because he would not see them (but he frequently put them in harm's way), and just how stupid his victims were.
This book reminded me a lot of Artie Lange's last book "Crash and Burn" where he detailed his ongoing drug addiction. His narcissistic attitude reminded me Kevin Mitnick in this book. Also, in both authors' stories, family and friends were enablers and need Alanon.
This story is good to listen to. I got tuned into it and didn't skip any parts. I felt like some parts were too technical. Lots of computer and telephone jargon. The story itself is pretty entertaining, but the best part is the end. Everything turned out to be like a fairytale for this guy, despite the criminal record, which is pretty inspiring. Definitely would recommend it to others.
Other loser hackers.
No, but he did a good job here. Just bad material.
Anger, irritation and disgust. I was thrilled when Mitnick finally went to federal prison and his wife wised up and left him. I decided to stop listening at that point, on what I considered to be an up note.
Mitnick had an addiction to conning people and to trespassing in corporate systems, all for the thrill of it, all to prove how smart he was. His talents were misdirected for many years. I hear Mitnick has reformed and now profits by legal applications of his talents, which is good. But I don't want to read any more of his story. Mitnick overrates himself. I don't want to listen to any more of his narcissistic rant. He was a con man and a criminal and does not deserve admiration.
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.