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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But, I rated this book highly, not because it’s all true, or becau This book gives a glimpse into the mind of a true obsessive. Definitely avoid reading it. The Art of Invisibility: Little, Brown and Company.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

The jury is still out, but it looks like I might have done a poor job. I’m sure for him, the language he is using feels like “See Jane. I feel incredibly sorry for the ghostwriter who had to spend enough time with this man, enduring his bragging and self-absorption, to get the information to write this book. But you really want to see how he gets away with the next hack, the next escape, the next confidence-gaming of some poor sap whose only fault is the impulse to be kind to strangers.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But, I rated this book highly, not because it’s all true, or because I sympathize with Kevin, or even because it’s well written not particularlybut because it’s fascinating. He explains how he acquires the ability to clone cell phone numbers, and how he uses space in dormant accounts on university and company servers to store source code he steals from companies like Sun, Novell, and Motorola.


Just what ends Mitnick was trying to serve, I’m not clearer about, even after listening to the entire book. The idea of networked computers was so new that government was slow to react to those who took advantage. I feel like I learnt something from reading this book and enjoyed being out of my comfort zone.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

But really it is still just lying and deceit. But I still found the book a decent entertainment and a well, if a bit sloppily, told story. Soon it seemed like all Kevin was doing was trying to find ways to fhost free phone calls, get free Internet, and hack into mitnifk files. I mitnici over most of the technical descriptions but still thoroughly enjoyed the story. I have to say that after two almost sleepless nights, some good laughs, and the suspens filled pages, I can only say: For instance, Mitnick is contemptuous of being put in solitary confinement so he can’t “phone freak” a form or hacking using an ordinary telephonebut then uses his severely limited and monitored prison pay phone time to phone freak anyway by dialing behind his back as a guard watches, apparently just for the thrill of it and with complete disregard for any consequences.

Further controversy came over the release of the movie Takedown titled Track Down in certain locationsbased on the book by John Markoff and Tsutomu Shimomura, with Littman alleging that portions hte the film were taken from his book without permission. Ghost in the Wires is that sweet spot of books about technology.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick

All of his scams are fairly similar. Archived from the original on June 29, Hmm, that’s a little odd, isn’t it? At times it even seems as if Kevin is dealing with an addiction, unable to stop his love for hacking, continuing to hack thoroughly for the thrill of it, just as a druggie takes drugs for the need of a high. Overall, I am glad I read it.


Oct 16, Day rated it did not like it Shelves: He became a skilled and adept social engineer using those skills to obtain some of the most valuable corporate secrets imaginable and live on the run for ghot years. Get to Know Us.

The late 70s and the 80s were basically the wild west.

Over time, he sharpened his skills, expanded his computer savvy, and tackled large and seemingly impossible targets. He wants to crack the security of a particular company, so he “social engineers” his way into getting passcodes, source codes, etc.

It’s one of the few non-fiction subjects I’m interested in enough to read on my own away from school assigned reading.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

He seems complete uninterested in and unmotivated by concepts like beauty, devotion, faith, or justice, except to the extent that any of these ideas can help Mitnick to gain the confidence of others for his personal amusement or to leave prison earlier. The book would make me from relieve to anger to calm.

The book gives some very useful insights into probably one of the best social engineers that entered the media. I grew up as a technical oriented teen, even writing some simple programs in assembly just for the fun of it!

The guy that wrote it is a computer hacker and a sophisticated one.