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)
one of the best
From the Steve Wozniak introduction on, it is a great read
Catch Me If You Can on steroids
really enjoyed the whole book
I bought this on a whim, but I understand it's a biography. Now I'm no hacker, but I was around computers from the Apple II in the late 70s and some of the story didn't ring true to me. An example being at one point the author pulled the modem cable out of the computer he was using and then disconnected from the Internet - how exactly was it possible to stay connected to the Internet after the modem cable was pulled out, and wouldn't 'the most famous hacker in the world' know how things like that work?
There were also continuity errors. In a biography. What do these things tell you? They tell me it was, at least in part, made up.
There's nothing wrog with made up books per se of course, but it's slightly different when it's presented as true - or maybe it's dramatised and I missed that.
Regardless it's not a bad listen, the performance is great and it hums along at a fair pace. I was ready for it to end before it finished however. Bottom line is that it passed the drive to and from work for a week or so and got me through until my next monthly credit arrived, so for what I paid I'm happy enough.
have not read the print version
Integrity in the Fog of the grey zone
Social engineering exploits provide valuable insights into the state of being human within our antiquated social & political structures & the dynamics they drive us into.
Probably not unless I wanted to take up his 'craft'. The book was entertaining, but I rarely read non-fiction twice.
His mother and grandmother, with their willingness to love and protect him no matter what.
He sounded like he was telling a story, not trying to read a book. It wasn't a 'stage voice' performance.
Once again, every time his mother or grandmother can back into the picture, you could feel the strong bond between the three of them.
It's just amazing what a person can do if they're passionate about it, whether it's right or wrong!
Kevin's story come across as truthful. Its often unflattering but it really is a fascinating look at the story that made headlines.
This book chronicles the life and adventures of the most infamous hacker of the 1990s, Kevin Mitnick. Told from a first person perspective, the story begins with a young Mitnick who manages to take free bus rides by punching his own bus transfer tickets and progresses chronologically through his life and details adventures that get progressively more daring and grander in scope. By the time he becomes a man, he has completely compromised the entire PacBell network, giving him god like powers over the phone system, and allows him to stay one step ahead of the combined forces of the FBI, Secret Service and the US Marshalls for years on end, making law enforcement look like fools time and time again. James Bond could only hope to be so resourceful.
The book does a masterful job of balancing the human aspects of the story against the eye opening technical details behind Kevin's hacks. As you live through his exploits through his eyes, you can't help but to admire the man, and root for him to prevail over law enforcement. His character is incredibly sympathetic and human. His motivations become your motivations, and you feel as if you are there with him, pulling off these incredible conquests of some of the world's largest companies including PacBell, Nokia, Sun, DEC and Motorola.
The narrator was fantastic. He does a great job of conveying the emotions of the moment. There is joy and triumph when Kevin finally accomplishes a hack. There is excitement and incredulity when he narrates about the stupidity of some of the folks who get duped by Kevin's social engineering efforts. And there is real fear when Kevin is on the run from the feds. He really puts the listener right into the moment.
Never read the print version.
So many good moments, especially towards the end.
Everything was interesting and entertaining.
Solving a problem
What lengths Mitnick would go to find a solution to a problem.
Leaving donuts for the FBI
This would be a good read for someone stuck in a rut. Help inspire them to look further or elsewhere for solutions.
Ray Porter's performance is wonderful and carries the story along where it lags in a few places with all of the technical jargon that the makes it hard for the layman to follow. I give it a 5 over-all because I was so locked in to this book that I could hardly put it down! And...it's a true story!!
I love the way Mitnick always seems to out-think the other guy by planning for contingencies with fail safes I would never think of.
No. He was really amazing, though!
Nothing online is safe. No matter how secure your password...and, at least half of Mitnick's hacks were done by persuading people to give him stuff they weren't supposed to. The human element.
This story had me on the edge of my seat from the first minute to the last.
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