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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"Mitnick manages to make breaking computer code sound as action-packed as robbing a bank."―Rachel Syme, National Public Radio

"Ghost in the Wires reads like a contemporary über-geeky thriller.... For those interested in computer history, Ghost in the Wires is a nostalgia trip to the quaint old days before hacking (and hackers) turned so malicious and financially motivated."―J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times Book Review

"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

"A gripping story.... Fascinating and filled with insights."―Jesse Singal, Boston Globe

"Reads like those of Frank Abagnale Jr. and Steven Jay Russell. But Mitnick's has a high-tech twist."―Booklist (starred review)

"It's the piquant human element that really animates this rollicking memoir of high-tech skullduggery....Mitnick's hacking narratives are lucid to neophytes and catnip to people who love code, but the book's heart is his 'social engineering' - his preternatural ability to schmooze and manipulate.....[a] nonstop caper."―Publishers Weekly

"Years ago, I helped put Kevin Mitnick in jail. I now see this made about as much sense as arresting Dean Martin for public drunkenness. Neither of them could stop themselves. Neither was doing any real harm. And, in both cases, watching them struggle with their obsessions was hugely entertaining. Kevin's book is certainly that. 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, cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

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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Format: Paperback
Kevin Mitnick was the world’s most wanted phone and computer hacker in the 90’s. His autobiography is a fascinating look at computer security and how oftentimes, the humans behind the computers are themselves the weakest links. Anyone at all should enjoy this, though those with a computing background might get a bit extra out of it. Five stars nonetheless.
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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 500 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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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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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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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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When I was younger, I had wanted to become a hacker and learned about Kevin Mitnick. Now that I'm older, I've moved on to others things but as we all know, we still somehow want to follow our childhood dreams. This book made live the adventure of a hacker. Kevin Mitnick is probably last generation of hackers that hack for fun and knowledge. Those hackers always seem to challenge themselves in positive ways. Nowadays, hackers goals are different, positively and negatively. Kevin Mitnick also gives a glimpse into our repressive government and how they deal with thrill seekers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to high scool and college students because it's an interesting book and has themes and ideas useful for today's youth.
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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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