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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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    stuartcw Yokosuka, Japan 12-22-11
    stuartcw Yokosuka, Japan 12-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A must listen for those interested in IT security"

    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.

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    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 12-20-11
    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story, flawed point of view."

    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.

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    Ramachandra Kuwait, Kuwait 12-12-11
    Ramachandra Kuwait, Kuwait 12-12-11 Member Since 2005
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    "A very good book"
    Would you listen to Ghost in the Wires again? Why?

    Yes. Avery interesting and informative book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The simple techniques used by Mitnick for


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    It was a great performance and I enjoyed the narration very much.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading this book one wonders how safe our

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    Dr. Johannesburg, South Africa 12-12-11
    Dr. Johannesburg, South Africa 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating stuff"

    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!

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    Jim Salisbury, nh, United States 12-06-11
    Jim Salisbury, nh, United States 12-06-11
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

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    Pavel Czech Republic 12-02-11
    Pavel Czech Republic 12-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I listened to this book even after midnight"

    It's a must read for computer geeks and security experts. Interesting how much you can achieve by social engineering.

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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 11-28-11
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 11-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Glad I listened to this one"

    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.

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    Joel Plymouth, MA, United States 11-27-11
    Joel Plymouth, MA, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating Read"

    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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    Russell Phillips 11-26-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great story and excellent narration"

    A fascinating story that kept me enthralled to the end. And what a great job the narrator does.

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    Melanie Amber Kellum Duluth, GA 11-17-11
    Melanie Amber Kellum Duluth, GA 11-17-11 Listener Since 2008

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    "Great Book"

    I enjoyed the book and the narrator. I am glad Kevin Mitnick was able to write the truth about his experiences.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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