- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: August 15, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HBO3BY
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Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker Audiobook – Unabridged
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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?)
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.
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