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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Mitnick does a terrific job describing technical concepts involved in hacking, that I think are easy enough for the lay person to understand, especially because most of his tactics involved social engineering: Kevin David Mitnick born August 6, is an American computer security consultant, author, and hackerbest known gbost his high-profile arrest and later five years in prison for various computer and communications-related crimes.

I’m sure it lies somewhere in the middle. Yet I never tired of hearing about it; Bhost seldom wanted to put this book down.

My 5 stars because: At a high level he used a lot of the same techniques to break into more and more complex systems, especially as the level of computer knowledge and security practices continued to evolve over the years.

More specifically, most of his hacking was phone “phreaking,” where he cons the phone company into giving him free long distance in various ways. In addition to the interesting technology he introduces us to, it gives a great tue of social engineering and how easy it was for him to get what he wanted. While on the run Mitnick takes great pains to steal and set up new identities in Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle, and Raleigh NC, but each time he goes back to his old hacking and cell wiree tricks only to get discovered again and again.


I found it a little repetitive at times as we go from how he hacked into one system after another after another. The controversy remains, however, and the Mitnick story is often cited today as an example of the influence that mainstream newspapers can have on law enforcement personnel. Nov 09, Bookworm Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: Mitnick shows no evidence of ever having read a book for the sheer joy of it, nor even writing a letter or a note on a refrigerator without the intention of deceiving someone.

With the exception of his mom and grandmother enablers who bail him out repeatedly he expresses no remorse for his actions. Mitnick’s pursuit, arrest, trial, and tge along with the associated journalism, books, and films were all controversial.

The entire book became a seemingly non-stop repetition of the same story over and over again.

Retrieved 3 December When they find his stolen database of thousands of credit card numbers, he wifes understand why he should be prosecuted for possessing them because he didn’t actually use them to steal money. I had known bits and pieces of Mitnick’s story, but it was interesting to find out that most of his greatest successes were due, at least in part, to his natural skill as a social engineer.

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Kevin Mitnick is an arrogant jerk. The book spends the majority of its time detailing such attacks. I kept reminding myself that soon it would be over, soon I could rant about how awful this book is, soon I would be able to warn others not to waste their time on this story Retrieved 14 September If you are technically minded this book is for you.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Sure, he comes off as slightly pretentious, but it’s well edited. Mitnick was brilliant at this and really shows how you can pretty much get anything you want out of people by being friendly, confident and clued up on the lingo.

Retrieved September 13, Like many reviewers here, I had heard the stories during the time, but did not remotely understand the extent of the social engineering Kevin performed. The overarching story was the whole FBI tracking him and trying to arrest him. Views Read Edit View history.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

The only downfall of this book: So i have to do my best to make it up to her later today. To protect, you need to focus on the vulnerabilities the bad guys target. He’s arguably the most famous, or at least the most notorious computer “hacker” of his time.

But that meant as a reader, we got to read the same thing wiires and over again, with a change to his social engineering calls and the phone numbers he now had access to. It’s hard to read about computer crime and not come across Kevin Mitnick. There is just never a dull moment in the book. I have been working with computers since I was able to read, thanks to my fantastic dad.

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