Imet Kevin Mitnick for the first time in , during the filming of a Discovery Channel Kevin put me in touch with the agent who books his speeches. She. Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. I know that many people love Ghost in the Wires, but this book really bothers me. Jim Nitterauer reviews master social engineer Kevin Mitnick’s book, Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted.

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Readers are able to explore the mind of a hacker who kevon the ability to obtain Social Security Numbers of Americans by doing simple steps that would take less than a day to complete. You Kevin Mitnick is a legendary figure in Internet culture for both his odyssey of justice and rightly revered social engineering skills.

He was released on January 21, I’m soooo I had to read this book for school Cybercriminologyand opted to listen to it so I could get some school work done while commuting and going about my daily life.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Mitnick receives from law enforcement. But I do feel a lot better, knowing that I finally had the chance to read this wonderful book!

It starts out with Kevin’s boyhood, which sounded pretty typical for a ‘tech-hall’ resident – learning the ins and outs of the telephone system to make free calls, modifying your HAM radio to jam the local McDonald’s drive thru speakers, driving your computer science teacher nuts by constantly breaking his passwords.

For years I have been working at several IT-companies and the last year or so I am more and more focussing on security and digital forensics. It only took me a couple of weeks to read light reading in evenings and heavier on weekends. But there are plenty of areas where I am not. That said, a lot of the book is him re-hashing variations on a theme Apr 01, Eric rated it did not like it Recommends it for: It might get tedious or frustrating to those without any background.


I like auto biographies, I am an IT professional, I enjoy narratives – this book was a perfect read for me. Real hacking is independent of platform and technology; it’s often more of a case of appealing to the weakest element in the system: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

His hacking skills are good too ofcourse, but reading now that most of his accomplishments were done by making phonecalls, tricking people into giving information and faking birth certificates, it did change a lot about my view of security and how weak the human part is! 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.

A few days ago I started reading this book, after reading some comments and reviews about it some time ago.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

View all 4 comments. Not the greatest way to keep a reader invested in the book. I remember when I worked in technical support, for example, and ran into some fraud cases.

Mitnicck read the Littman books and multiple articles about phreaking and hacking, I had a pretty good idea of Kevin’s story. There’s even a chapter entitled “I’m a scapegoat”, which, if you can elicit any empathy for his victims, makes it all the more galling that he categorically rejects that anyone could have been hurt by this con artist.


Archived from the original on July 18, Every big hack the FBI would suspect Mitnick. We follow Mitnick through his experiences in Prison, his journey towards freedom and his current job of hack-proofing the security systems of some of the largest companies in America.

If I can recommend it to anyone, I’d recommend it to people who are interested in a non-fiction example of ghoet “unreliable narrator”. Was about to give the book 3 stars, which according to Goodreads means “I liked it”, but understood that it would have been grossly unfair to judge this type of a book on the same merits I judge fiction books on.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

He provides a bit of insight into the early childhood influences that inspired his curiosity and introduced him to the world of hacking. Oct wirew, Joe rated it did not like it Shelves: These stories made me root for him to succeed. I just wanted to smack the guy. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Buy the selected items together This item: Real hackers are quite different, and their motives and actions are as diverse and varied as the people they hack.