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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; 1 edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316037702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316037709
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; known as the Thomas Jefferson of cyberspace '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' Frank W. Abagnale, author of Catch Me if You Can 'At last, America's most famous hacker tells his headline-making story from his own point of view. The result is more than just a meticulous chronicle of Kevin Mitnick's hacks - it's an expose of the invisible bureaucratic machinery underlying nearly every aspect of our lives, and how easily it's subverted by a smooth-taking grifter who sees all the moving parts. A fascinating read' Kevin Poulsen, author of Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion Dollar Cyber Crime Underground

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Kevin Mitnick's long-awaited memoir of computer hacking and FBI skirting, revealed now after seven years of government-mandated silence.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback
When it comes to true crime, I'm pretty squeamish. Nothing violent, please. Clever and devious are what I'm looking for. Frank Abagnale's Catch Me If You Can: The True Story Of A Real Fake is one of the best, and it's hard not to compare any subsequent caper story to it.

Ghost in the Wires doesn't reach the level of audacity of Catch Me if You Can - impersonating technicians over the phone doesn't rise to the sheer nerve of a teenager impersonating an airline pilot or a doctor, as Abagnale did, and getting away with it. But Ghost in the Wires goes well beyond the adolescent bragfest of phone hacks that it could have been.

I think this is largely due to the co-writer, William L. Simon. Kevin Mitnick describes in his acknowledgments, how he and Simon argued over how detailed and technical the book should be, and apparently Simon prevailed. There's enough detail to explain how the scams were possible, but not so specific as to send the non-programmer into a hexadecimal stupor.

Another big plus is that many of the hacks depended as much on what Mitnick calls "social engineering" as on specialist knowledge. Unlike the stereotypical computer nerd, Mitnick was as comfortable and proficient at schmoozing people as he was writing code - he could talk his way into places that were restricted and convince people he was entitled to classified information. These were scams anyone can understand.

Mitnick also succeeds at not crossing the line from confident to insufferable, which is another pitfall of true crime tell-alls. Perhaps we can once again thank William Simon for this achievement.

I expected to skim this 400-page book but ended up reading every word.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Duke on 14 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been an avid follower of the Mitnick saga for many many years and have read many publications about and by the man. I even have to admit watching that Takedown film which in no way captures the reality of the character or situation. Although I myself work in the scurity testing industry, the sheer ingenuity and skill of this guy begs belief. This book sets the story straight. It isn't overly technical so shouldn't deter the casual reader. Kevin is obviously a very clever guy but after reading this book he never comes across as arrogant or big headed as are many in this field who I have met. Contrary to popular belief and news reports he only had an overwhelming quest for knowledge and never used the information he gleaned for personal gain. The story itself is almost like a classic chase spy thriller, except it's all real. Definately worth reading. I found it highly entertaining when the authorities were afraid to let him near any technology for fear he could set off some worldwide disaster. Congratulations for at last telling the true story of Kevin Mitnick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henrik Østerlund Gram on 10 Oct 2011
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I was a first year comp.sci.student when Mitnick was caught and always wondered about the real stories behind it all, so it was a real delight to finally read Mitnick's own words on his exploits in this very readable book.

He's not very apologetic about his actions (which consist mostly of talking people into given him information he shouldn't have, rather than actual hacking though there's a little of that as well). He's always got some excuse ready to justify the 'just one more hack.' The unapologetic nature of the book may be off-putting to some readers, but I find it refreshingly honest.

As someone who hacked his way through an unchallenging time in high school, in a time before the Internet where you had to figure out everything on your own, I totally understand the excitement and the lure he experienced, but thankfully I was able to stop before it got me into any serious trouble. Decades later, I find that my most skilled colleagues in the programming field are those who already in their teens were interested in figuring out 'how stuff worked' - actions which today would've landed them in jail...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MJ Thompson on 9 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
When I tweeted:

Ghost in the Wires by @kevinmitnick is a Jekyll and Hyde tale. Great adventure for the dreamer in us, a horror tale for those who work in IT

and he replied thanking me and asking me to review on here, I was kind of half expecting to find he'd already done it on my account for me! I was first introduced to Kevin's writing back in 2002 when somebody lent me The Art of Deception. It made me laugh how lots of people reviewing this book say it is repetitive and that once you read 2-3 stories you get the idea. The fact is, that no book would be long enough to cover the entire subject of social engineering but Kevin did a great job of covering a wide range of scenarios, with different variations on each.

When I heard this book was being released, I opted for the audio version to make my 45 minutes' drive to work less dreary. So glad I did, hearing the life story of Kevin Mitnick has helped me rekindle my interest in the world of IT security.

Should you buy this book? If you are interested in listening to a great cat and mouse adventure story, or the antics of one of the world's most wanted hackers, then yes. If you have at least some technical know-how, it won't be a struggle at all, although Kevin explains most of the terms enough for even my Dad to keep up!

Great job by Kevin and his supporting team.
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