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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Great Read

Really enjoyed this fascinating story of someone who was intrigued and enthralled with learning about telephony and computers. Although he may have not damaged the individual companies, he did violate them and his punishment seemed fair only because he had people that helped and assisted him in keeping the authorities from screwing him over. Looking forward to his other books.

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What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

Kevin Mitnick is a awesome. He just did it. The author here narrate here about the entire hacking technique he had been through his entire life. I just can't imagine he hack down the entire system server on his early age and didn't even get caught by them thats the coolest stuff. He also travelled in the buses at free of cost I would like to do once thats real thrill. We should really give credit to Louis who is Kevin's friend also a hacker at the age of 16. They both together done some lovely stuff. I throughly enjoyed the life journey of Kevin. Stealing the FBI records he is amazingly dare to do that. He never mislead any of the files that he stole that shows he is genuine. All together this is lovely book for the techies who love to do some hacking. I loved it too.

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  • JP
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  • 01-24-15

REPEAT: great intro to the world

Very much like franky A. Entertaining. Informative. Personal. It will change your life. It will change our country. But that's been Kevin's work for a couple of years now.

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  • Rob
  • Warnbro, Australia
  • 01-23-15

Whacky Hacker Heist

The story feels very single sided, even when Kevin discloses his discretion; you are left wondering how plausible his account of unwavering morals are.

I hope that it is near reality, as the book leads you along a journey where you cant help but to have empathy for Mitnick.

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Hacking humans

Great book for showing how humans are very hackable too. Great hacking isn't about being an ultra tech geek, Mitnick shows us what it is.

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Great Read! Keep 35007

If you ever put tin foil on the center contact on the back of a Motorola brick phone this is a must read for you. Oh how I miss my Motorola brick phone. P.S. I had the Free Kevin bumper sticker on my car.

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  • Kyle
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 01-05-15

Interesting look life of a white collar criminal

Story flowed well, was suspenseful and entertaining.
The story presented the stress and excitement of what Kevin was doing, how he pulled off staying elusive for so long and the betrayals that led to his arrest. Worth the liaten

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  • Greg
  • JACKSONVILLE, AR, United States
  • 01-02-15

superb entertainment for the IT person!

couldn't wait to hear what would happen around the next corner. I saw the FREE KEVIN bumper stickers but didn't get it until now.

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Fascinating Life Story, Engaging Narration.

The book really picks up in the second half when Kevin goes on the run from the FBI. His hacking exploits and ingenious methods for staying one step ahead of everyone were fascinating, and the narrator had a very engaging style (it really felt like Kevin himself was telling his life story).

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  • Roger
  • Orlando, Florida United States
  • 11-04-14

Inside the Mind of a Hacker Addict

Very interesting tromp through the adventures and addictions of a phone and computer hacker. By the end I was convinced that he was a danger to national security. Thank heavens he turned his talent to helping defend systems.