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.
“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)
That the story stirred such deep emotions in me. I was introduced to the world of hacking.
I hated this book! But I could not stop listening as I learned about the hacking world. My son works for a huge company, when I asked him about Social Engineering he responded "Mom, EVERYONE knows about that." Well, I do now and I am disgusted.
1. I hate liars and Mr. Mitnick never seems ashamed during the book. His attitude was that he did not deserve punishment for his actions. He was in the possession of thousands of credit card numbers and SS#s and that was ok because he never used them. His thrill was in the challenge. That was NOT ok! It is terrifying.
2. He is now making mega bucks traveling the world as a consultant. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
I did give this 4 stars because the story is not fiction, I learned a lot, and I could not stop listening to the book even though my blood pressure was through the roof. Would I refer this book to others? Absolutely.
If this was fiction it would not be half as compelling. It was a good storyline which you wanted to continue listening to.
I'm still new to audiobooks but I loved it. Ray Porter is a great narrator. Very cool story.
I have heard him read a fictional book. I think he's great. He even did voices.
Great book for tech geeks. Really enjoyed learning a little history into hacking. I really recommend.
Hacking isn't a perfect life but the book gave me an understanding of hackers and their ways of thinking. Why do they go there? - It is a science, a challenge and the discovery that drives them and makes us uncomfortable. From the beginning of time, hackers have delved into our lives, figuring out every quirk from the left brain/right brain concept to why my hair is curly.
The narrator's tone are so similar to what you envision Kevin to sound like. He does such a great job of expressing shock, that audacity of youth, etc.
The narrative moves really fast.
Kevin running from the law.
It changed how I do business with relation to security. That wasn't why I got this, but it ended up being the by-product.
This is an awesome book. As a programmer, I was hooked from the very start. As an avid reader I loved the detail and background information. As a technologist, I appreciated the detail. I recommend it highly.
I am a computer geek and have been since well before Kevin started his hacking. I also worked for a couple telephone companies and can honestly say that the terminology used brought back memories.
What makes this so exciting to me is the the thrill of the chase. I couldn't stop listening. Not too many writers can write a book in such a way as to make you want to keep listening.
Fantrastic listen. Great to hear the story direct from the source. Brilliantly written and read.
So good to hear how it was pulled off. Kevin did not hold back on telling the truth.
Brilliant to listen to and recommended to all retired priates / hacker from the day, telecomminication experts, security personel, lovers of social engineering and nerds.
I had read the reports of Kevin Mitnick at the time of his arrest and had always wondered why hackers do what they do. This was an eye-opener, not just as to why he did what he did, but also the stunning and clever details of how he did these things. Clearly he has aided all of us in making electronic communications more secure. I would never have thought I could be sympathetic to a hacker but I definitely became so while listening to this book. He didn't hack into systems out of a desire to do harm or to benefit financially, but out of the need of a brilliant mind to accomplish the impossible.
What a brilliant man and what a contribution to the security of all of us as we become more and more dependent on how we carry on business and life in this very computerized world. I'm grateful that Kevin Mitnick decided to work from the prevention side of hacking.
This will be one of the books in my library that I will listen to more than once. One of my favorite audible books.
As for Ray Porter's narration, I felt like I was listening to the person who had lived the events. Excellent job. The best narrator becomes part of the story. The worst ones make listening to a good story unbearable. Thanks for an excellent job!
I don't know why I liked this book exactly, maybe it was the suspence, the thrill of "will he make it", "can he get away with it", or maybe it was to hear how a perfectly "normal" kids facination can grow into a major problem for himself and society. But it also shows how society's fears can infringe on the individuals rights. I guess this story is slightly one-sided but what the hack - ehh - heck its a very good story. Having knowledge of some of the systems mentioned in the book I feel it gets an important message accross; technology is only as "fail proof" as the humans put in charge of it.
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