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Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker Paperback – Illustrated, April 24, 2012
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Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies -- and no matter how fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. As the FBI's net finally began to tighten, Mitnick went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated game of hide-and-seek that escalated through false identities, a host of cities, and plenty of close shaves, 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 escapes -- and a portrait of a visionary who forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, and forced companies to rethink the way they protect their most sensitive information.
"Mitnick manages to make breaking computer code sound as action-packed as robbing a bank." -- NPR
"Ghost in the Wires reads like a contemporary über-geeky thriller.... For those interested in computer history, Ghost in the Wires is a nostalgia trip to the quaint old days before hacking (and hackers) turned so malicious and financially motivated."―J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Mitnick portrays himself as worth rooting for, a savvy master rodent in a cat-and-mouse game, grinning past his whiskers as he stole the cheese from under the nose of the helpless fat cats."―Steven Levy, Wall Street Journal
"A gripping story.... Fascinating and filled with insights."―Jesse Singal, Boston Globe
"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
"Years ago, I helped put Kevin Mitnick in jail. I now see this made about as much sense as arresting Dean Martin for public drunkenness. Neither of them could stop themselves. Neither was doing any real harm. And, in both cases, watching them struggle with their obsessions was hugely entertaining. Kevin's book is certainly that. Terse and snappy, it reads like Raymond Chandler and provides detailed insight into a time in computer history that already seems quaint. Kevin Mitnick was and is a true Internet pioneer."―John Perry Barlow, cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
"Reads like those of Frank Abagnale Jr. and Steven Jay Russell. But Mitnick's has a high-tech twist."―Booklist (starred review)
"It's the piquant human element that really animates this rollicking memoir of high-tech skullduggery....Mitnick's hacking narratives are lucid to neophytes and catnip to people who love code, but the book's heart is his 'social engineering' - his preternatural ability to schmooze and manipulate.....[a] nonstop caper."―Publishers Weekly
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- Publisher : Back Bay Books; Illustrated edition (April 24, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316037729
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316037723
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.65 x 1.4 x 8.35 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've read several of the negative comments written about this book, and I don't understand why these people read the book in the first place. They talk about not being able to sympathize, they judge Mitnick for taking advantage of people, they hate Mitnick for the way he exploited his mother and grandmother, they talk bad because they can't understand what drove Mitnick to continue to break into systems, they are irritated because of his cocky attitude. In my opinion, those reviews are more emotional than objective.
In common with the people who wrote negative reviews, I too felt bad for his mother, grandmother, friends, him, and everyone he ever used for his criminal activities. I too felt that he had plenty of opportunities to stop and get away clean. I too rolled my eyes when I read about how much smarter he was than everyone else, especially towards the end b/c it'd been ongoing throughout the book. But it's Kevin Mitnick - the social engineer hacker king - Interaction w/ people and mind-screwing most of them is expected, as is the manipulation of relationships in his favor!
My 5 stars because:
I like (auto)biographies, I am an IT professional, I enjoy narratives - this book was a perfect read for me. I could hardly put it down. It only took me a couple of weeks to read (light reading in evenings and heavier on weekends).
I was hooked from the beginning - opening word by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The book contains a few jaw-dropping moments as Mitnick explains how he infiltrated organizations and systems. It was engaging from cover to cover - reading of how he evaded capture, how he ran counter surveillance on the FBI, how he changed identities, and a whole lot more.
You'll enjoy this book if you:
- are an IT professional
- prefer reading crime-drama novels, autobiographies, or fugitive/on-the-run type novels
- can handle a subject without hating the subjects (can you appreciate genius in a person regardless of how they use their ability?)
If you're an ethical hacker and have some experience under your belt, you'll love this book!
Take a glimpse into the past and experience Kevin Mitnick's story on how he got started, his successes, betrayals, lessons learned, and just the journey this man went through... during an age of extreme obliviousness to information technology and what a brilliant man Kevin Mitnik is, and one with ethics even in his "on the run" period of his life.
So good, I bought all three of his other books.
Highly recommend you click the order button right now!
In large part, Kevin's success in his phone-phreaking activities was a direct result of his unusual expertise in social engineering. As documented in the book, he had spent years perfecting his art of persuasion - getting other people to give him vital, sometimes secret information. He is also an expert at hiding from the long arm of the law, whether it be the local police or even the FBI, by painstakingly establishing a new identity. It's the most in depth treatment of identity theft I have ever read. So if you're interesting in dropping off of the grid, read the book, follow his examples and disappear like an invisible ghost.
But that's not to say that Kevin Mitnick didn't have the technical knowledge and skill to back up his pursuasive prowess. He spent just as many years learning about telephone networks and PBX and switches, sprinkled in, of course, with a good deal of computer programming and hardware tinkering. The result of all that social engineering, phone-phreaking and computer hacking knowledge? Give him a telephone and a networked computer, and he'd do things that were unimaginable to most people. And he did it all without selfishly stealing a dime, or ever maliciously destroying valuable files. He did it for the pure challenge. He was a pure hacker.
Although it's nonfiction, "Ghost in the Wires" reads like an action packed thriller.
Kevin Mitnick is easy to relate to if you are a computer person, like hacking/ hacks, fun projects, and knowing forbidden knowledge. Was interesting to learn that he lived in Denver in a area that I did around the same time! Great book, sort of like reading a thriller/mystery except it was real events.
Much better than some of the other "I was a teen age hacker" books out there. Hopefully he keeps writing. I really enjoyed learning basic security and privacy tips, just a fun read overall.
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However this book blows away the misinformation and media hype surrounding the story and is told in a thrilling and sometime humorous way.
From the start of the book it grabs the reader and won`t let go. Both fast paced and informative, it takes the reader from Kevin`s beginnings as a fan of magic tricks and magicians, to Ham radio and of course telephones and networks. If you've heard of Kevin Mitnick i guarantee you have not heard the truth. This book clears up the myths (He can whistle into a telephone and launch a nuclear missile from NORAD) and explains that not all hackers are in it for the money.
Buy,beg,borrow this book.......Then check your computer security.
My book of the year 5/5
Thank you Kevin and good luck in the future
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