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)
Amazingly thoroughly captivating
Ray Porter's enthusiasm as if he were Kevin. I felt as though I was in the room with Kevin.
Kevin's insatiable desire to learn and undaunting quest for knowledge is inspiring. Ray Porter's reading is fantastic. I listened to this book at 1.5X speed. Ray's clarity and enthusiasm as well as the style of writing made every moment amazingly coherent and exciting.
I think it was a very exciting book! Since it is based on actual events even more so. It was also intriguing to get to know the person behind the "World's most wanted hacker"-moniker.
This is of course seen from one side of the story so unbiased he is not! But an entertaining book with many stories of his feats.
You do not have to be a geek to enjoy this book, but once in a while it helps.
Yes, absolutely! This story is simply amazing!
As if you are listening to the author himself.
Not that I know of.
The World’s Most Wanted Hacker - playing with the Feds.
Easy listening, an unbelievable story. I listened while commuting, but did not want to stop when I arrived...
Kevin Mitnick's story is incredible, and an exciting non-fiction tale.
Kevin Mitnick outwitting the FBI in their helicopters!
The narrator was so in-tuned with the story it did not seem he was reading it but telling it to you as if it was his own story. alot of emotion and intonation of the words,
the way it sounded more like a story than just something being read to you
the dramatic way it was told.
social engineering in the 80's
enjoyed the story but one there was a computer read out or technical line it got a bit dry at times. don't need to hear a 1 page bank statement read out verbatim
This book not only explains the history of Kevin Mitnick, but goes in-depth about the social engineering element and the future of ethical hacking. Very entertaining!
Love this book (actually not quite finished). Fascinating account of Kevin Mitnick's remarkable career as a fugitive hacker. Reads like a thriller. Ray Porter does a great job as the reader, as well.
I dont have time to read so I listen to all my books these days so I like the audible version
The value of being a great social engineer.
I highly recommend this book. Fascinating.
I remember the scandle, hearing what really happened verses what was being talked about in the news papers was very enlightening.
Kevin Mitnick is a fascinating character and this book takes you on the wild journey of his life. The narration is excellent. One of the best audio books I've encountered
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