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Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker | [Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon]

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling story of hair's-breadth escapes, brazen sociopathy, and ultimately redemption. What's more, it's all true. Ray Porter expertly narrates the stranger than fiction autobiography of Kevin Mitnick as he recounts how he went from gaming the LA bus system for free rides to gaining unauthorized access to the most secure corporate computer systems in the world, all the while playing cat and mouse with the FBI. —Michael

Publisher's Summary

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable. But for Kevin, hacking wasn’t just about technological feats—it was an old fashioned confidence game that required guile and deception to trick the unwitting out of valuable information.

Driven by a powerful urge to accomplish the impossible, Mitnick bypassed security systems and blazed into major organizations including Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Pacific Bell. But as the FBI’s net began to tighten, Kevin went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated cat-and-mouse game that led through false identities, a host of cities, plenty of close shaves, and to an ultimate showdown with the feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.

Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escape and a portrait of a visionary whose creativity, skills, and persistence forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, inspiring ripples that brought permanent changes in the way people and companies protect their most sensitive information.

©2011 Kevin Mitnick. Foreword 2011 by Steve Wozniak (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Intriguing, insightful, and extremely educational into the mind of one who truly mastered the art of social engineering with the use of a computer and modern-day technologies. I strongly believe that one can learn a great deal about protecting themselves once they understand how another one perpetrates the crime.” (Frank W. Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can)

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    Susan 12-22-11
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    "Great Narrator...Great Book"

    Ray Porter was the perfect choice as the narrator of this book. He doesn't just read the book, he "acts" the book and it's a great performance. Ghost in the Wires is a great ride...sorry to see it end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Berkshire, United Kingdom 12-15-11
    Mark Berkshire, United Kingdom 12-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to Ghost in the Wires again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this book again. As an IT person myself I found the content simply captivating, and realised that Kevin Mitnick was doing what many of us IT folks do - becoming consumed in it. It just happens.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost in the Wires?

    When the helicopter was hovering overhead and Kevin was really on the run, it was like you were living every moment with him.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Ray Porter was a superb narrator and did the book justice. My favorite character would probably be Kevin himself - portraying his obvious frustrations and moments of elation.


    Any additional comments?

    This has to be one of THE best audio books I have listened to. I could not

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    richard s bennett 11-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "This is an excellent book"

    A chance to peer into the mind of a hacker. Details on his daily struggles to overcome a legal system that was so fearful that he was kept in solitary for years, friends that betrayed him and a family that was so loving and supportive that it kept him going.

    Yet Mitnick has a real lively sense of humor, really worth reading. I am also listening to the
    Art of Deception.

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    Rick 11-11-11
    Rick 11-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable and Entertaining Story"

    I remember the early days of hacking well and I identified with a lot of the things that were mentioned in this book. But even if I wasn't an 80's computer geek I would have enjoyed this book. It is not only a thriller and intriguing story, but there is enough detail to give it validitiy and even make it educational. The narrator did a good job and it was hard to stop listening to this very interesting adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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    Rob United States 10-10-11
    Rob United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2014
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    If you are a geek this is the story for you. Cant wait for the movie version (if it ever happens). The narrator did a fabulous job. I like to think that Kevin paved the way for greater security that has benefited us all.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Guelph, ON, Canada 09-27-11
    Scott Guelph, ON, Canada 09-27-11
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    "A very compelling story."

    Fascinating and intriguing, and a great adventure story with a fantastic hero. Narration is excellent. Entertaining and informative.

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    R. A. Frank cali 09-27-11
    R. A. Frank cali 09-27-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    I loved this book because of its lively 1st person account of Kevin Mitnick. Good story, well told, loved the narrator (to me he was Kevin Mitnick). I could mention that there were a few too many details about the specifics of some of the phone hacking techniques, but in the end I think they were all tied in nicely to make a neat package. I came away pulling for Kevin and was not disappointed by the results. The fact that it is a true story makes it even better!

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    Jeffrey Elkton, VA, United States 09-26-11
    Jeffrey Elkton, VA, United States 09-26-11
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    "Highly Recommended"

    Fascinating story and one of the best audio books I've ever listened too. I hated to reach my destination and have to stop listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TaxSage Atlanta 09-21-11
    TaxSage Atlanta 09-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "OK, I was stumped"

    Great listen, but my audio has a line of gibberish at the beginning of each chapter. I thought it was reverse audio -- but reversing the clip with the tools in Audacity software did not help. Looking at the book visually on Amazon reveals a text message in code. Chapter 1 leads with: Yjcv ku vjg pcog qh vjg uauvgo wugf da jco qrgtctcvqtu vq ocmg htgg rjqpg ecnnu? Googling "Yjcv ku vjg pcog" points to others who have cracked a quite simple code. In audible, however, rest assured you are not hearing words spoken in any intelligible language -- in forward or in reverse; nor is any person or demon speaking in tongues. I'd love to know what Ray Porter said when he was told to narrate that stuff.

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    Winacott Oshawa, ON, Canada 09-19-11
    Winacott Oshawa, ON, Canada 09-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Flash backs to my past"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to in, I can't remember. I worked for Sun Microsystems at the time Steve was hacking and remember the memos about him floating around the office.

    Great read by Ray, could not have found a better narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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