Ghost in the Wires

Ghost in the Wires

My Adventures As the World's Most Wanted Hacker

Audiobook CD - 2011
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The world's most famous former computer hacker, now a security consultant, describes his life on the run from the FBI creating fake identities, finding jobs at a law firm and a hospital, and keeping tabs on his pursuers.
Publisher: Ashland, OR : Blackstone Audio Inc, 2011.
Edition: Library Edition
ISBN: 9781441793737
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO 364.168 Mitnick 08/2011
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (14 hrs.) :,digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Porter, Ray


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Mar 16, 2012

Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick is almost impossible to put down. This book is the author's true story that began in 1970's Los Angeles when he first discovered his love for hacking computers and phones... and couldn't stop. Even when he was being pursued by the FBI he couldn't stop.

Two points stand out for me that make Mitnick's story completely fascinating. One, he is an exceptionally talented social engineer and manipulator - a natural at thinking on his feet and of causing others to give up their secrets with seemingly little effort. This allows Mitnick to sidestep impenetrable computer security systems by instead going through those who possess the keys, the network system administrators. I never tired of reading anecdote after anecdote of how he social engineered some important morsel of information needed for whatever hack he was into at the moment. And two, this isn't some weekend hobby of his. Kevin Mitnick shows a compulsion to unlock digital security barriers that's more on par with a drug addiction. Imagine being addicted to computer hacking? Often it's clear that he loved the adrenaline high that came from almost being caught. And he definitely wasn't doing it for the money since he had endless opportunities to profit from his break-ins but never did.

The FBI does eventually catch up with him and you'll have to wrestle with how accountable he should be held for his crimes. The tech-speak can be a little heavy at times but it never distracts from the tone of the story. I highly recommend this one.


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