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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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And I get the feeling that the repetitive nature of this novel is in part because it is filled with a number of lies by omission, as well as revisionist history to paint him in a better light — if not outright blatant lies.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

The book seems to toggle between him trying to elicit sympathy from the reader for his exploits, and apologizing to the people he wronged over the years, especially his mother and grandmother. Which, in an era where I can make free video calls to other continents with Skype, is simply not compelling literature. Not once does he say anything about how it’s HIS fault that his grandmother and mother are under stress, not once does he acknowledge that if he stopped hacking then he wouldn’t have to worry about being arrested and imprisoned, not once does he own up to the immorality of his actions or accept that actions have consequences.

Back then, disk space wasn’t cheap! Needless to say, he’s a bit of a computer geek. This book is probably safe to publish now because the social engineering scams of Mitnick and his ilk have caused such a great reduction in the level of trust in the world. Aug 11, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: It is that nauseating.

He is, apparently, a very cool liar and has done his research prior to attempting each act.

Mitnick also intercepted and stole computer passwords, altered computer networks, and broke into and read private e-mails. Archived from the original PDF on March 4, I even wrote a term paper on it in High School.


Is your password still ? Mitnick’s story of how he learned how to hack various phone systems and social engineer his way into the databases of multiple phone companies is a fascinating one.

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Over time, he sharpened his skills, expanded his computer savvy, and tackled large and seemingly impossible targets. Vhost was engaging from cover to cover – reading of how he evaded capture, how he ran counter surveillance on the FBI, how he changed identities, and a whole lot more.

Soon it seemed like all Kevin gyost doing was trying to find ways to get free phone calls, get free Internet, and hack into restricted files. It should be understood that at no time were his criminal activities used to harm others, compr I’m still a few pages from the end of this, but I’ve been writing this review in my head for a couple of days now. It’s a brisk read, and you won’t put it down. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

He is also well-versed in ethical hacking and penetration testing techniques and has been involved in technology for more than 20 years. Product details Paperback Publisher: Look how good he is at remembering phone numbers! He does security consulting for Fortune companies and the FBI, performs penetration testing services for the world’s largest companies and teaches Social Engineering classes to dozens of companies and government agencies.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

It sounded really fascinating! He is a huge nerd, very arrogant until he gets caught, which he does a lot. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Sure, he comes off as slightly pretentious, but it’s well edited. That of course gives me some head start with the more technical parts of this book -which are also explained kevib layman’s terms- but even without such knowledge this book will be extremely hard to put away if you are even slightly interested in how people can be conned so easily!


Techies will appreciate the relative simplicity of the incredible hacks that Mitnick managed to pull off, while non-techies will gape in astonishment bopk the achievements and audacity that these hacks involved—and are also given quick, but understandable explanations of technical jargon whenever necessary wres is actually not often, as this isn’t a technical manual.

It also has a strong social message.

The best part of the book is by far when he discovers his own investigation. In that aspect it’s fantastic. Because it was there! Even when he crossed the line and his crimes delved into federal territory, he kept at it. Most of the time he ‘social engineered’ his term people, i. bhost

I worked at The Well when this was all going down! Now a security consultant, he has spoken to audiences at conventions around the world, been on dozens of major national TV and radio shows, Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most famous former computer hacker, has been the subject of countless news and magazine articles, the idol of thousands of would-be hackers, and a one-time “most wanted” criminal of cyberspace, on the run from the bewildered Feds.

Sep 21, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: It had some interesting elements but overall the subject matter didn’t interest me. For him, it was merely an exercise in ego.

But really it is still just lying and deceit. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. At times, Mitnick is a bit short-sighted in things and that comes across. But I do feel a lot better, knowing that I finally had the chance to read this wonderful book! This novel is perfect for anyone interested in the psychology of a con, hacker, or even a social engineer, and can even be a great read for anyone interested in technology during the late 80s to 90s.