Great story on social engineering techniques and the sort of folks behind the action. Fun tale -- particularly as to how Kevin M. sussed out the FBI and turn the tables.
Great story, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys autobiographies. This book was a great surprise. I wasn't planning on listening to this when I did but I'm certainly glad I did.
Yes! The narrator is brilliant, making you think he lived Kevin's life.
It was never boring.
Kevin Mitnick, of course!
Laugh. It also made my jaw drop at times that the gov wasn't catching on or understanding the hacker mentality.
I'm a computer geek and I grew up about the same time as Mitnick - dreaming of the things Mitnick was doing. Great suspense and quality narration. If you aren't a geek/nerd, you may not enjoy it, but if you are, you will find yourself dreaming of the life of a cutting edge hacker, steps ahead of the authorities, you'll like it.
I haven't read the book, but think I would have given up on the print version.
There was really only 1 character, Kevin, interesting, bright but also stupid.
I enjoyed the book, it was very informative, but at times a little too much technical details.
I'm a tech geek who love stories with a twist, especially fantasy and science fiction.
A captivating story about hacking techniques still applicable today.
Without getting too much into the technical aspects of hacking, we get a thorough, insightful thriller of a story of how Mitnick worked his way to the top of FBI's most wanted hacker list. The book is also a guide on how the legal system works, particularly how bad it works when it comes to computer technology.
Recommended for both tech savvy and "mere mortal" listeners alike.
He keeps the action going through the story. It was nice seeing where a lot of the odd business security rules originate from and how though the information by itself is small and innocuous, as part of a bigger plan it can be devastating! Thanks for sharing Kevin! As others stated the narrator was a great fit for this book keeping the material realistic and dramatic. I highly recommend this book.
No one moment rather it contained many exciting moments which remember, this is a "non-fiction" book.
like a great biography.
If I were in a seat, I'd have been on the edge of it the whole way. Great story.
The best narration I've ever experienced. Ray became Kevin. Kevin Mitnick himself could not have told the story better.
First, let me say Mitnick is a whiner and pretty much everything that happened to him he had coming to him.
Now with that said it doesn't take away from that fact that this is a fascinating book. It moves fairly quickly, it doesn't require any technical knowledge to make sense but he does throw in a couple of things here and there for the more technically inclined and he's able to keep up the suspense throughout.
Many of pranks Kevin pulls are very funny, most are harmless, many are ingenious and in some cases I believe he's being extremely disingenuous with the reader by claiming he never profited (which is true) but still he passed along things like credit card numbers to people who he knew were not the good guys -- or at least that's what it sounded like from the way he described his 'trading'.
Mitnick does whine here and there but thankfully it's normally pretty short. He wonders why the FBI just won't leave him alone even though he continues to break the law over and over.
The reader does a great job, I've heard other books by Porter and he's a 5-star guy.
Overall I'd recommend this book to just about anyone.
I got increasingly engrossed in this story until I didn't want to stop listening. It's suspenseful and intricate, and the amazing level of detail added authenticity. Sometimes when authors offer incredible detail of past events I become suspicious that they're filling in gaps in their memory by just inventing things. But I never got that sense in this book. Mitnick not only has an astounding memory and ability to recount these tales, but also had access to documentation to help fill in facts he may not remember fully.
At first I was disappointed that it was not so much about technical hacking as much as "social engineering" (mostly lying to people over the phone). Though he's highly technically proficient, his main weapon is an ability to convince people to give him their passwords or otherwise grant him access to sensitive systems by pretending to be a fellow employee. But as the story went on he got more into the technical details (mostly related to phone system switches and computers), and I was fully sucked in. His explanations of how he spied on the people spying on him, or unveiled the true identities of undercover informants, are not only impressive but suspenseful as well. And since he was never hacking for financial gain or to damage anything, I enjoyed rooting for him despite the nuisance he caused.
He also manages to recount all these stories without sounding overly braggadocious or cocky, which is not an easy feat. His techniques are extremely clever, even if they didn't always prevent him from being caught. Though his string of legal issues seems to spring from his lack of willpower to stop hacking rather than a carelessness to cover his tracks.
I also loved Ray Porter's narration and look forward to listening to other books from him.