more social hacking than technical, compelling story of a young boy who got the knowledge bug
"MIxed reaction to this"
Started by quite enjoying this, the middle section became a bit tedious with repeated phone stories, then got back into it at the end. I have worked in IT for 20 years.The guy is, quite frankly, a bit of a d!ck. I felt no sympathy for him whatsoever. Some of the text has a few toe curling cliches and the way he treats his family, who quite honestly are complicit in harbouring him, bailing him out multiple times is dreadful. He expresses no remorse on the basis that he wasn't doing any harm, despite breaking numerous laws. He's deluded.
Only to people in IT probably.
I actually laughed out loud at a few points at his dead pan delivery of some of the more emotional moments regarding relationships and so forth.
On balance, just about, particularly if you are interested in the subject area.
This story is gripping throughout and the narration is fantastic! Brilliantly detailed; you can really feel the panic as the FBI come knocking...
A fantastic tale of hacking, phreaking and social engineering that had me hooked from start to finish. Great performance from the reader too.
"A great read"
Great book based on a true story.
The voice of the hacker coming through clearly. Clear, concise and factually written.
First I've heard but good.
Took me back to the years in question and some of the technology.
Highly recommended read.
Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Very quite awesomely good and then
"Gripping in parts"
Getting chased by helicopter
Lies told by government to gain convictions
I agree with some that it drags at bits, however after the first hour or two it's a very addictive book. I would say that anyone would enjoy this book. It's like a thriller/ crime novel with a bit of hacking for dummies thrown in.
One of the best true-story / biography type books I have listened to. It's was eye opening to hear of the exploits that were - and still are - possible and made me realize just how vulnerable organizations and individuals are to some of the simplest techniques.
Learning about the power, and risk, of social engineering. Kevin's own story is slightly delusional because he does not appreciate the pain and financial loss incurred by corporations and individuals alike - he must have made a very, very big impact and he's kidding himself if he does not recognise that. But of all the people to exploit their skills it is true he was not as sinister as many others must have been.
Ray Porter handled the narration well and was enjoyable. Some sections were clearly computer print out type paragraphs or tables and the narrator handled them well - some I wish were summarized without reading every character but then those situations were few and far between - no problem.
He attempted various accents to add colour to the book which were generally successful - the english accent was especially amusing! Good stuff.
The curious geek, his gran, and federal law enforcement at its best and worst.
"A life worth knowing"
It might be less interesting for someone without IT knowledge, but an instructive story nevertheless. I think I never understood why they are saying that the weakest spot in security is the human. Learning about social engineering is learning about yourself. A must listen.
"Great real life story for all"
Fascinating twist and turn story
True story so author Kevin
No - easy book to listen to in small chunks
A fair bit of technical info so techies will love it - however, as a non-technie, this did not spoil the listen