Retired RN with 28 years in the operating room. An nurse educator specialized in surgical lasers and high risk equipment. Married for 36 years to my wonderful wife and mother of 3 men. Still waiting on the grand babies! While waiting, love to read & listen to books. I am a HUGE FAN OF AUDIBLE. COM!
In the upper 33 percent.
While one would expect the author to be, since this is basically an autobiography, I actually liked the FBI agents and other dumbfounded authorities to be my favorite character(s). This story is likened to the Keystone Cops! But in fairness to the authorities, phone freaking and computer hacking was fairly new on the scene and difficult to understand.
I was able to envision him as actually being the lead character. He was very good at portraying levels of panic in his voice, for example.
The story of how I did it right down to all the technical details for which most of you won't understand.
I enjoyed the story except for the technical minutiae. All the gobbledygook of how this switch worked or how placing a "back door" here or there. I mean, come one! I understand that many readers who are geeks or hacker types would understand that stuff and would find it fascinating, but for the average reader like myself, it was boring. Perhaps the author/editor could have used foot noting for this! Instead he sometimes warned, "for the technical reader, bla, bla, bla..... " The other thing that struck me was how many times the author apologizes to his mother and grandmother for putting them through hell, over and over. But he never apologizes to the companies or others whose lives he disrupted.
For those interested in computer security history, "Ghost in the Wires" is a nostalgia trip to the quaint old days before hacking (and hackers) turned so malicious and financially motivated. Unlike computer criminals today, Mitnick ignored the credit card numbers he stumbled across in his pursuit of code.
Kevin writes: "Anyone who loves to play chess knows that it's enough to defeat your opponent. You don't have to loot his kingdom or seize his assets to make it worthwhile." He summed up his personal motive to the former Wall Street trader Ivan Boesky when they were both in prison: "I didn't do it for the money; I did it for the entertainment."
Overall, Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker is a truly gripping read and even better in audio. During some parts of the book, I found myself seeing the story before my eyes, like I was actually there. While the book does goes into technical details of how Mitnick carried out his attacks, editor William Simon provides the editorial assistance needed and makes the book extremely easy to understand and truly enjoy.
The book ends with Mitnick's release from prison and provides the reader with a fascinating story of one of the most recognized information security personalities. Ghost in the Wires is an interesting account of one of the most well-known information security personalities.
I am definitely looking forward to listening to this book again.
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.
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"! :)