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Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker Hardcover – Aug 15 2011


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (Aug. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316037702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316037709
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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. I strongly believe that one can learn a great deal about protecting themselves once they understand how another one perpetrates the crime."―Frank W. Abagnale, author of Catch Me if You Can

About the Author

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. Now a security consultant, he has spoken to audiences at conventions around the world, been on dozens of major national TV and radio shows, and even testified in front of Congress. He is the author of The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion.

Co-author William Simon is a bestselling co-author of numerous books, including iCon (the biography of Steve Jobs) and Kevin Mitnick's previous two books. He has also written for USA Today and The Washington Post and been interviewed on CNBC, CNN, NPR and by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Time, Newsweek, and many other publications.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fakemoez on March 16 2012
Format: Hardcover
What surprised me most about this book was the extent of social engineering employed by Kevin. You can definitely tell he was no slouch when it came to technical or "hacking" abilities; but all this was largely overshadowed by his ability to convince people to simply hand over access. I found myself constantly disrupting my wife to share several examples of this. Read this book to really, truly, understand what makes a hacker successful ... you!
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By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 27 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Mitnick's hacking obsession began in the 1980s when he was adolescent using his ham radio to circumvent the phone system to make free phone calls mostly to his fellow hacking friends. Amusing tales are told, one in particular where he and a friend hack the intercom system at a Mcdonalds and play pranks on the customers. Eventually, the authorities become suspicious of his interferences to their system. The chase is on with Mr. Mitnick and his buddies using their skills to stay one step ahead of the authorities using the very techniques for which they are being pursued. The writer seemed to have an as yet uncategorized addiction to electronic devices. He just had to figure them out. So, if it was the phone system, his goal was to understand it and then use his knowledge to undermine it. As he professes continually in the book, he is not doing this for profit because, as the sophistication of phones increases from analogue to cellular versions, he gains access to thousands of credit card numbers. Yet, he never uses them. Likewise, he gains copies of cell phone operating systems. From these he and his buddies detect weaknesses and install patches by which they can gain control of the very systems they are using. Naturally, companies like Motorola and Nokia get upset with people making calls for free using phantom phone numbers that are impossible to trace. In 1988, Kevin was arrested, convicted and spent a year in jail followed by three years of supervised release. During that time, he continued with his nefarious activities eventually being charged again. He flees and takes on other identities.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hutch on Jan. 15 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book gives an interesting account of the life of Kevin Mitnick from his early years of phone phreaking to his later years as a sophisticated computer hacker. Anyone who has solved puzzles will understand the joy Kevin speaks of as he cracks each new problem. Nice addition to each chapter with a small encrypted puzzle for the reader as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bbb bicycle on Feb. 16 2013
Format: Hardcover
A grand adventure into the past of Kevin Mitnick. Filled with crazy cool info and interesting facts. Having worked in the telcos myself this was an eye opener of what can be done for something do simple. The book was filled with knowledge and humour the likes all computer phreaks would get. 5 star all the way
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luther_D on July 15 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that I don't read a whole lot of books, but when I started reading "Ghost in the Wires" I literally could not put it down! I finished it in two days. If you are looking for an uber geek book that you would swear was written by Hollywood screen writers then this is the book for you!
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By Wookard on Oct. 13 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been reading the book since I received it and it is a very great story. Mitnick has nothing to hide and goes into details many years old and talks so candidly that it might as well just happened. I have been following his career for a long time and this is one of the best books about how society bases too much on trust and how easily people can be manipulated for another persons gain. I recommend anyone who works in a type of career that deals with sensitive information should get this and read it. You won't be dissapointed!
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I know it sounds cliche but once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. As you read the book and Kevin recalls his adventures you feel as if you are there with him looking over his shoulder as he's typing away. This book brings to light many security issues that have plagued big companies. As well the injustice that can happen when the media blows things out of proportion. This is easy to read for the laymen no technical knowledge required.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Love to Read Dr. & RN on Sept. 6 2011
Format: Audio CD
I listened to this off I-Tunes. I found it very interesting even though I'm not a computer programmer/hacker/phone phreaker. I can't believe how long Kevin was left in prison without a trial!
The fear that abounded in that time over Hackers was eye opening. As was the pull Kevin had to continue hacking and using social engineering skills even when it often brought him grief. Very interesting to put yourself in the shoes of the "Dark Side" Hacker and find out he's just a very smart, curious and mischievous guy who got on the wrong side of powerful/ignorant people.
Great Book, Thanks Kevin for freeing your story.
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