This book ranks among my top books read and I recommend it for techie's.
I love the way Ray read this book and I'm going to look for other books he narrated.
I most definitely wanted to read this book in one sitting. I found it hard to put down.
Describes what happens when laws and law enforcement do not understand technological advancemets
This man's expertise was eventually recognised by professionals. There is hope for us yet!!!
Not quite - a couple of days maybe.
So many books, such limited time.
Very well narrated book, and an engaging story for those who enjoy non fiction thrillers. Hackers today are way more likely to be nefarious and government sponsored, but in the "old" days, they were just talented people who loved the challenge. Kevin Mitnick was one of those. Just as interesting as is his story of social engineering and computer hacking is his version of the FBI story. Another take on the quote, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you..." His legal story is also compelling in that the idea of presumption of innocence is clearly secondary to the political and self interested motives of the entities and people who caught him. It leads one to wonder if the system is often as nefarious as the people they are after separated from them only by the fact they wear the badge of authority. It's only as fair as they want to let it be. Listen to this story, and you'll see what I mean.
Kevin's story is quite fascinating (and a little scary!). I very much enjoyed hearing the details of how he accomplished so many break-ins, and the wide variety of places that he was able to get information out of. However, I was expecting half of the book to be about pre-arrest illegal activity and the other half about post-jail *legal* hacking. It turns out to be approx 95% about pre-arrest hacking and just a brief mention at the end about his recent legitimate so-called ethical hacking. So I was a bit disappointed because I think it would be very interesting to hear about companies that hired him and whether he was able to break in and what they did to shore up their systems, etc. In fact, the preface describes just such an event, but then the rest of the book has no more of that. Maybe he's planning a follow-up book. Sorry this sounds so negative -- overall I thought it was a great book.
I listened to this story at 1.5x speed. It kept my interest. Sometimes these types of books let my mind wander and I end up rewinding. The hacker "Kevin" did not include personal glimpses into his psyche, but the story itself was entertaining and remarkable.
2 sittings is good. Maybe during a road trip.
Its hard to believe that a book centered on computers and computer programming could be a thriller. But it is. The protagonist, Kevin Mitkin, had amazing energy, and what made him tick was hacking into secured networks. His excitement is conveyed well in the book and by the narrator. You can't help in wondering what he is going to do next and how long he can keep going with the pack closing in.
Loving the fact that I am "reading" books again, and a lot of them!
I had never heard of Kevin Mitnick before reading this book, but gave it a chance after seeing the positive ratings it got and listening to the teaser sample, which was so interesting I had to hear more.
The rest of the book didn't disappoint. It was an interesting education and introduction into the world of computer hacking from the viewpoint of someone who was a "pioneer" in the field. Mitnick's story is a great way to understand the sub-culture, especially why people who are basically non-threatening can get caught up in criminal activity. After listening to how easy it was for him to get what he wanted through "social engineering" (aka very skillful lying), it is tempting to use the techniques myself next time I need something from my bank or phone provider. Alas, I am too honest for that, though. :)
I have a friend in the digital security industry who tells me that Mitnick has a bit of a reputation as a media-hog these days, which I can totally believe from the way he writes. From what I can tell, everything is factual, though.
Ray Porter does a good job reading the book, and is very convincing in expressing Kevin's emotions and alternate voices he would use when pretending to be other people. Only complaint is the rather bizarre vocal renderings of certain expletives that I can only assume must appear in the book as long, drawn out words (craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaappp!). Came out a bit strange.
I'm not sure how successful of a movie it could be, because there isn't a clear plot climax to it, but it could still be pretty entertaining to see him socially engineer people on screen.
To understand just how easy social networking really is
The hard life of Kevin, but he endured and did not move to the dark side
Easy to understand
spiked my interest in reading more on the topis
I remember back in the mid to late 80s wishing I could be a "big time" hacker. I dabbled a bit with phreaking, but I was never very good at it. My hero, however, was Kevin Mitnick. I followed as much of his antics as I could during the 90s and I remember when he got caught. This book is a very exciting recounting by the man himself, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in what it means to hack/crack. Ray Porter does an EXCELLENT job of narrating this book. Get it...you'll love it!