I really enjoyed this tale and the way the reader told it was one the best that I have listened
to . A great story , a bit tragic but with a great ending . You will enjoy.
Quite an interesting story about how this person hacked into so many systems and how vulnerable these systems are - probably even today. What is most remarkable though is the author's complete lack of contrition. He broke the law, invaded people's privacy, lied all the time, hurt his family time and time again, and yet he is surprised when a fried "betrays" him. He never reaches a point where he examines his own actions or motives in any meaningful way. He comes across as a completely self absorbed and self centered person.
Story interesting, but Mitnick's self-pity gets old. The guy was a criminal doing lots of economic damage.
I almost gave up on the book because the simultaneous "the government is being unfair" and "excuse me while I steal Sun Microsystem's source code while hacking into Pacific Bell's phone switch to illegally eavesdrop on calls." was just a bit much.
Also, even though I'm a technologist, the recitation of commands and phone numbers did not work well for an audiobook.
The story or Kevin's life just got more and more interesting as the story unfolded. Its amazing how interesting a book about a hacker could be. Alot of the intereset came out of a critical part of the hacking process,
Learning about the power of Social Engineering and appreciating Kevin's devotion to hacking just for the sake of hacking.
You don't need to be a computer geek to enjoy. As long as you have some general interset in computer / IT technology I think you will appreciate the book.
Interesting, dramatic, and intriguing
Art of Deception. These stories are essentially the same. Mitnick
Leaving the donuts in the fridge for the FBI. Classic.
That perhaps Mitnick's hacking skills were/are underappreciated. His skill at social engineering is incredible. I think that may overshadow his true abilities at understanding the inner working of networks, telephone systems, and computer systems.
If there is any shortcoming to the book, it is that for the most part, it was overly dramatic. I liked this but, I kept thinking in the back of my mind,
Absolutely excellent book, well written, great story, and you don't have to be a technical person to understand it as Kevin does an excellent job at telling the story.
The Art of Deception (also by Kevin Mitnick) has much of the same subject matter but is not nearly as entertaining as Ghost In The Wires.
I think Ray Porter also read
Yes, I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting but I was unable to since it was 14 hours long. I did complete it in one weekend though. Excellent book.
Buy it. You won't regret it.
I admit, I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. His skills at social engineering and hacking are amazing and admirable. However, his arrogance and complete lack of remorse makes him totally unlikable. He has a lot of nerve to complain about the police, FBI and other legal officials not ???playing by the rules???. It seems to me that he simply got a taste of his own medicine. I don???t believe his claim that he never caused any damage. The benefit of telling the story is that you get to tell the parts that you want to tell. It???s a story worth reading but read with a jaundiced eye.
I would go as far as saying it's even better in audio book. I couldn't imagine anything be lost compared to paperback or hard cover, other than possible pictures, which you can google out anyhow.
The other books by Mitnick are fairly ok as well, although I liked this one the best one so far.
I think this has been one of the better interpretations of audio books so far. The reader gets into character and you can really hear it. If Kevin is pissed in the book, the reader certainly acts like he is too. He has a pleasant voice and overall great performance all the way.
Pretty much this was something you wouldn't want to interrupt, but there's only so many hours in the day :)
This is easy: If you like Kevin Mitnick and hacking/phreaking is an interest to you, this is also for you. If you watched Takedown the movie and hated the additional stupidity, this is also for you: you get to read/hear what really happened, and it's much, much more interesting that fake and unnecessary drama added to the movie.
I've been following Kevin Mitnick's story since the late 90s. This book was a great behind the scenes look at how he got his start in phone phreaking, social engineering and hacking as a kid. It's as exciting as any spy novel out there and it's so detailed that I wonder if Kevin has a photographic memory or if some parts have been creatively "filled in" to supply missing details. I listened to the entire book in 2 days. The narrator does a good job reading the book. Now to go back and re-watch "Operation Takedown"! :)
The story line of the book, a true story, is very interesting. The writing is about as boring as you can get. It is basically an instruction book for hackers written in geekese. I couldn't believe it when I found myself actually listing to line after line of computer code...yes...computer code!