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)
a can read person
the fact that this is true life!
all the different things he actually did.. just like that.
calling the guy in prison :)
Social Engineering Marvels, a history
everyone should read this, if only to learn what others could be doing to you
Kevin Mitnick's amazing ability to manipulate people to provide his needs. It has made me aware of just how easy it is to obtain anything from anyone with a little research.
He read the story with the passion and pace as if you were actually inside Mitnick's mind.
It was a thriller, rollercoaster lifestyle.
I really cannot pick one. There were so many memorable moments as Mitnick seemingly talked his way into anywhere and figured out every telephone and computer system on earth. If it was fiction, people would say it was too incredible.
I cannot do that. I tend to listen to 2-3 hours at a time.
LOVED this audio book. I have already recommended it to several people, including my husband who is an IT guy. It is so well read and easy to understand even all the technical stuff.
The narrator did an excellent job conveying this story. I went on youtube and listened to Kevin Mitnick during an interview. He could very easily have read this book aloud himself and the narrator was a perfect choice.
The scene toward the end at Kinko's when Kevin was almost caught. The emotion he felt about involving his grandmother comes through very well.
Hearing how incredibly easy it was for Kevin to get sensitive information from pretty much anyone by basically just asking.
For the technical and non-technical it is a great read.
It is not just about computer hacking it also covers “social engineering.” This is a term that I had never heard used. It is a nice way of saying “con man” or as Kevin Mitnick describes it in his book, “…the casual or calculated manipulation of people to influence them to do things they would not ordinarily do and convincing them without raising the least hint of suspicion."
I am not a techy but I was hooked from the first chapter. It is an adventure as much as it is a true story about the exploits of a “black hacker”. Kevin Mitnick paints a vivid picture so that the reader comes to understand his addiction to hacking. I felt like I was right there with him and praying that he didn’t get caught.
There are also some funny things like the claim of one law enforcement official who said that Mitnick could “launch ICBM's (inter-continental ballistic missiles) by whistling into the phone".
Pick it up and you won’t put it down. Just a terrific book that I have recommended to others.
This book downloaded in two parts and somehow got mixed up. I felt I started listening to the second part first, but couldn't be sure. Checked to see if that was the case. Couldn't find an answer. So for me, while the story was interesting, it jumped around and I couldn't follow the timeline. Too bad, it may have been a good story.
OK - the story is fascinating. How easy it actually was.
Social Engineering - I've done it a lot, but not anywhere near this guy's level!
My problem is that he still thinks he's innocent.
He really is disconnected from reality in that sense.
What he did was wrong. Just flat out wrong.
He needed therapy! Whacko!
However, it is interesting to note that there wasn't mis-use of information, and that it
an understood truth. But really, man?
Law or not, the moral and ethical "sense" just wasn't there for this guy.
I think that alone makes this an interesting book.
History, insight, mixed with a typical maniac who couldn't control himself,
was a bit out of touch with reality.
This guy was one step away from serial killer, except he directed it into hacking.
I like the story a LOT!
I enjoyed the story and Ray Porter contributed to that.
I think he made the character more personalble.
Hacking, just becasue...
I really enjoyed this book, more than Kevin's previous. I have many Audible books but this is one of the few I literally haven't been able to stop listening to til it was completed. Even sat in the parking lot, 15 minutes late for work to finish the ending.
The narrator had perfect timing and inflection. You really thought you were listening to Kevin narrating his own book.
Some will think there is too much detail included on the computer aspects, but I enjoyed those details the most. I also had no idea how much 'social engineering' is used to 'hack' into computer systems-real eye opener there.
Also interesting, was Kevin's view point on his jail time and his 'setting the record straight' on the movie 'Take Down' and out and out lies and myths which unfairly colored his case. The 'Free Kevin' movement and other aspects of his personal life, his family who stood behind him while he was on the run really personalized the story beyond merely computer lingo.
I highly recommend this book and hope there is another one in the works soon. I'm sure I'll listen to it again.
Glad Kevin was able to turn his life around, as stated in the ending.
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