This story had me on the edge of my seat from the first minute to the last.
This is a fascinating look into the mind of a famous hacker. I enjoyed hearing Kevin Mitnick's side of the story. He is clearly a brilliant guy whose addiction/ insatiable curiosity got him into a lot of trouble. I love the dramatic story of how he got into that trouble, and how he evaded capture. He sometimes lost my sympathy when he was less than generous in describing how other people had betrayed him, or didn't live up to his standards, or were easily deceived. After listening to the audio for a while I watched a few interviews with him and found him to be a little less arrogant than the performer's interpretation led me to believe. I wish he had done the performance himself. Other than that, the story was fantastic and I will probably listen to it again.
Was quite interesting on how he social engineered people to get what he needed. I guess it was because of the early days of computers and the innocents involved. That said I'm sure things he did are still being done. There were a few slow times like when login numbers were being read. I mean after about 2 it would have been fine but to keep going with like 10 well I thought that was a bit to much. Over all to me it was a very good listen.
This book is a hacking autobiography by Kevin Mitnick (Condor) and an excellent read. A number of movies have been made from his real life adventures including Takedown, Hackers, Sneakers, and Catch Me If You Can (loosely). I read this in conjunction with another book on hacking, Kingpin written by Kevin Poulsen (Dark Dante), also a notorious hacker of much acclaim who is currently a Senior Editor at Wired Magazine. That book, although fascinating, is focused on a current (2000) case of cybercrime and identity theft and not this type of old school hacking.
I read Kevin's other book, The Art of Deception, and this is an order of magnitude more interesting. Kevin was the master of social engineering and phone phreaking. This book details his hacks, calls, dumpster-dives, break-ins, and identity swaps as he kept one step ahead of the Feds as the world's most wanted hacker. His wire tapping the Feds and other law enforcement, wire-tapping the wire-tappers, adds an interesting twist to his story.
After serving a five year sentence in prison, including eight months in solitary confinement, Kevin is now able to tell his side of the story. I'm sure we will be seeing a movie based on this book soon.
The tone of the reader's voice comes off a bit robotic or overly-electronically enhanced at times. The story is good and I know that Kevin is an honest individual about the accounting of the details. You can't go wrong with this if you were a computer enthusiast in the 80s.
This is the kind of story you find yourself going out of your way to listen to. Great read and a great story!
maybe ...i'm not a re-listener but it's a fun ride
it's a true story!
if you are in security you'll love this and if you are not, it's still very fun
This is one of my favorite audio books
The main Character of course
This is an excellent narration of the book. His narration enhanced the work. It felt like the author was telling the story himself.
I think that the most interesting tidbit is how information can easily leak in a short amount of time.
I'll probably listen to this book a couple times this year. It was great!
There are certain people that come along every now and then that lead exciting lives that the rest of us wish we could live. Kevin's story is one of those. Combine this with "The Art of Deception" and you've got a couple of fantastic books.
Although they are both different types of books, one being a biography and the other being more of an instruction manual, I'd recommend "The Art of Deception." It too, was written by Mitnick and details many of his hacks and how to protect yourself and your business from them.
This is my first time hearing any of Ray Porter's work but I'm blown away. Fantastic performance and I'll be keeping an eye out for more of his work.
Knowledge is only the beginning, what we achieve from that knowledge shapes our lives.
Great story, it takes you on a ride. The story itself is vey compelling and even though it can get a little technical (which I love) those who aren't into technology can still keep up. I love hacker stories, and this one is the best I've read so far.