Ghost in the Wires and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading Ghost in the Wires on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures As the World's Most Wanted Hacker [Hardcover] [Unknown Binding]

Kevin Mitnick
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £4.99  
Hardcover £15.42  
Paperback £5.59  
Preloaded Digital Audio Player £44.92  
Unknown Binding --  
Audio Download, Unabridged £16.45 or Free with 30-day free trial

Product details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4G36I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe Him if You Can. 11 Jun 2012
By takingadayoff TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is better than the fiction.... 14 Dec 2011
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the 'catch me if you can' of the computer age 10 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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...
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Excellent
Excellent story, enjoyed it thoroughly.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Myths busted, and secrets revealed
A brilliant book. Finally revealing the truth behind many rumours and myths that have lasted over decades. Read more
Published 24 days ago by J. Constandinou
1.0 out of 5 stars I never really got to know (or like) the main character and found the...
Just wasn't for me unfortunately. I never really got to know (or like) the main character and found the story quite boring and meandering. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book long overdue
Mitnick is a really effective writer who has finally written this book to set the record straight on a number of the myths about his life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant!
I work in the information security industry and was looking forward to hearing Kevin Mitnick's story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marios Kyriacou
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read
I'm a web designer and developer by trade and therefore I innately have an interest in hacking. This is an entertaining story but a little long and repetitive at times.
Published 3 months ago by Karsten Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
A must read for anyone who takes IT security seriously, or any other technologist who never under stood what social engineering meant !
Published 4 months ago by Jonathan Elvers
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
One of the best books I've read in ages, not too geeky and an amazing story - brilliant book get it!
Published 4 months ago by T Beasley
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed
Excellent. Highly recommend, hacking in the best way possible. very we'll written and perfect size for reading on the beach
Published 4 months ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Every company should have a copy.
Many years ago I was involved with several others in the UK with a past time later known as Blue Boxing. How I wish this book had been out then. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category