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.
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.
Technology nut, along with a sports and thriller nut.
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.