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Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Mitnick , Steve Wozniak
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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 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 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.

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1137 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316037702
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (15 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOQS8D6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe Him if You Can. 11 Jun. 2012
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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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5 of 5 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
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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
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Awesome book. If you like any kind of technology driven fiction then this real life account of hacker Kevin Mitnick will probably be up your street.
Published 11 days ago by Matt Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Not only does this book read like a good thriller
Not only does this book read like a good thriller, it also offers terrifying insights into the way the "justice" system works in the US when faced with someone whose skills... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Mill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stunning book and must have.
Published 2 months ago by M A Hauser
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're at all interested in early computing, not ...
If you're at all interested in early computing, not even necessarily hacking then this is worth a read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if scary book
I am still reading it but what a superb book. sometimes it is hard to believe that Mitnick got away with his social engineering. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. L. Hore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this book
Published 3 months ago by phillip
2.0 out of 5 stars Gave up part way through
I did not finish this autobiographical book. I gave up on it about a quarter of the way through. I detected two recurring themes, both of which I found annoying. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kes Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Kevin
Well worth a read
Published 5 months ago by Mr Karl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 6 months ago by A. Pullin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
New book, nothing to complain.
Published 6 months ago by Le Viet
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