Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick
My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

68%

9 Critic Reviews

...a lot like hackers themselves...a little too obsessed with technical details.
-Boston.com

Synopsis

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies--and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable. But for Kevin, hacking wasn't just about technological feats-it was an old fashioned confidence game that required guile and deception to trick the unwitting out of valuable information.

Driven by a powerful urge to accomplish the impossible, Mitnick bypassed security systems and blazed into major organizations including Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Pacific Bell. But as the FBI's net began to tighten, Kevin went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated cat and mouse game that led through false identities, a host of cities, plenty of close shaves, and an ultimate showdown with the Feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.

Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escape, and a portrait of a visionary whose creativity, skills, and persistence forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, inspiring ripples that brought permanent changes in the way people and companies protect their most sensitive information.
 

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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.
 
Published August 15, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 433 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Computers & Technology, Crime. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Ghost in the Wires
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good

A lucid, brightly written tale for both techies and lay readers.

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NY Times

Good
on Aug 12 2011

...a nostalgia trip to the quaint old days before hacking (and hackers) turned so malicious and financially motivated.

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WSJ online

Good
on Aug 18 2011

...loaded with detailed accounts...

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
on Aug 15 2011

The Ghost in the Wires, an amazing and engaging book, is destined to be a bestseller, too.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Above average
on Aug 22 2011

The memoir is both entertaining and alarming and should appeal to those who would like to understand hackers as well as to those who hack.

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Boston.com

Below average
on Aug 15 2011

...a lot like hackers themselves...a little too obsessed with technical details.

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The Verge

Below average
on Aug 26 2011

...when you read this book, you just might find yourself bogged down in details, such as a Unix .rhosts hack that was probably patched right around the time AOL for Windows NT was launched.

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RSA Conference

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on Aug 26 2011

...an autobiography long in coming and worth the wait.

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https://365.rsaconference.com

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on Jul 20 2011

The story of Kevin Mitnick as the world’s most wanted hacker is funny, exciting, sad, and sometimes horrifying....

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