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)
How cinema-esque the whole story is - it could be made into a movie and I believe still be compelling.
I listened whenever I was in the car, and sometimes I would sit in my car after arriving at my destination because I didn't want to stop.
An amazing story, better for IT professionals. Even better if you're an IT professional at a phone company.
Anyone using the internet for buying, banking, business, etc, should listen to this fascinating book. You'll learn how to protect yourself from seemingly innocuous requests.
Librarian, father, fantasy fool and tech enthusiasts.
A great story but I'm glad I knew a bit about phone hacking before I started it. It was a bit technical, but in a good way. The story is also extremely fascinating and Mitnick and the people he credits in this book has shaped computer science and security and the world we know to day!
I wasn't sure what to expect but it held my attention throughout. It makes you think about how much this must occur that we never know about. It made me want to learn more about this subject. Well worth it!
This book is excellent. It is very captivating.
Kevin Mitnick's story of how he hacked into computers and socially engineered people to get the information he needed is truly fascinating. I was enthralled and couldn't stop listening.
The best "scenes" of the book is when Keven Mitnick is scamming the FBI and monitoring their surveillance of him.
The narrator is excellent.
I wasn't sure that this book was going to have a very good story to it, but I was very wrong. Yes, there was a decent amount of technical-hacker lingo, which I love, but the story was really well written. I was on the edge of my seat at times when the Feds were closing in. I had so much fun listening to this book and I was very sad when it was over. This was such a "Catch Me if You Can" kind of story, loved it.
What should have been an interesting look at the world of hacking turned out to be a self-serving, self-indulgent, narcissitic whine. After nine chapters I couln't stomach listening to another word. The performance added to my perception of the author being self consumed. Yuk.
Data, on point, great for a business owner, great for corporate executive.
5 star plus
Protecting data ranks with protecting the cash
Great read for those who are not from the IT area, even better if you are. The history is so incredible that you feel you're listening one great spy thriller and not a biography.
Mitnick resembles the character of the White Collar TV series, Neil Cafrey. You will like him and cheer for him even when he is comiting wrong doings
Less me me me me me me me me and i i i i i i i i i i i i
Something better than this, I hope !
All of them.
Kevin Mitncik you are no Steve Jobs. Also, If I hear the term "social engineering" one more time I'm going to scream !
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