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)
Kevin Mitnick's story told in full for the first time. An almost unbelievable story of high tech deception.
However, I wish they had had Kevin Mitnick read the book himself.
The story of Kevin Mitnik is a gripping story, with intrigue on several levels. It would would rate five stars in just about any telling, but in this instance, the most interesting aspect of Mr. Mitnik's story works against him. His story is that he never profited from any of his exploits, claiming that everything he did was just a response to the mental challenge. To those of us of a certain age, there is a ring of truth to this claim, albeit stretched by the extreme nature of Mr. Mitnik's hacks. Younger readers, raised on credit card and identity theft, will no doubt find this unbelievable. But wether it is true, or whether his lack of use of anything he ever stole in his criminal career was simply a face saving omission or legal editing around the statute of limitations, it creates a strange sterility in parts of this book as he recounts tale after repetitive tale of social engineering or technical wizardry… all to just getting files he never used. Mitnik cites at times his addiction to hacking, but the story has none of the verisimilitude of an addict's confession. Still, the reason it gets 4 stars is that most of the time his hacks were aimed at a tangible, exciting target: evading his pursuers. Whether you end up believing Mitnik was lying about parts of this book, or are simply mystified by the nature of his addiction, the incredible tale of someone in the right spot to observe the foundation of the information economy, with all its flaws is a very interesting tale indeed. Recommended.
Yes. Avery interesting and informative book
The simple techniques used by Mitnick for
It was a great performance and I enjoyed the narration very much.
After reading this book one wonders how safe our
It takes many many hours (10000) I have heard to become a skilled hacker. ie to have enough computer knowledge. This combined with Kevin's con man gift of the gab makes Kevin the Roger Federer of hacking! Fascinating read!
This book was great, I've listened to it a few times. At times it seems as though Mitnick is trying to still make a case for himself like he's worried the feds are going to come after him again, but it was still excellent. He gets a little too techie for me, regurgitating every god forsaken phone number or code he ever punched in, while repeatedly bragging about his penchant for remembering numbers, (we get it already!!!). I still give 5 stars though, and security IT types out there would do well to read a page (all of the actually) from Mitnick's manual.
It's a must read for computer geeks and security experts. Interesting how much you can achieve by social engineering.
This book is an eye opener as to how a hacker thinks, what they are capable of and that a big part of the hack is not even on the computer. His moral code has shifted so much that it sounds like he still does not truly believe that he did anything wrong. While the story was riveting at times it also moved along very slow in others. This was due to going deep into details that only a hacker would care about. An abridged version would be preferable. Overall glad I listened to it.
I am a tech guy so I found everything Kevin did very interesting. I could see myself joining the "Free Kevin" movement. Great read!
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