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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. InMitnick pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud, two counts of computer fraud and one count of illegally intercepting a wire communication, as part of a plea agreement before the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.

It’s very difficult to be sympathetic towards Kevin Mitnick, who continually prevails upon his readers to let him have it both ways.

Apparently the law doesn’t apply to KM, because HE never hurt anyone what about the people whose trust he broke? Dec 18, LeeAnne rated it it was ok Shelves: I feel incredibly sorry for the eires who had to spend enough time with this man, enduring his bragging and self-absorption, to get the information to write this mitnicck.

More specifically, most of his hacking was phone “phreaking,” where he cons the phone company into giving him free long distance in various ways. The book would make me from relieve to anger to calm. The overreactions—not letting Mitnick have any access to a phone for national security reasons—are a sobering reminder of how easy it is to mislead people who are less informed.

In my opinion, those reviews are more emotional than objective. Which wouldn’t bother me that much, except his “adventures” weren’t that exciting. At times it even seems as if Kevin is dealing with an addiction, unable to stop his love for hacking, co Ghost In The Wires follow the adventures of Kevin Mitnick, a man who is considered to be imtnick of the most famous computer criminals of all time.


After that point, though, I’d had it with this selfish, boastful, whiny, condescending, unkind manchild. At times, Mitnick is a bit short-sighted in things and that comes across. Learn more about Amazon Prime. He does security consulting for Fortune companies and the FBI, performs penetration testing services for the world’s largest companies and teaches Social Engineering classes to dozens of companies and government agencies.

Mitnick’s criminal activities, arrest, and trial, along with the associated journalism, were all controversial. Yes, the man is talented, but he also an addict Return to the beginning.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

Yeah, to a phone phreaker, if I knew one. The downright illegal means used by law enforcement to pursue Mitnick, and the legal system’s irrationality and unjust punishment of him, provided one of my earliest and most memorable lessons about corporate and government collusion and power, and I wanted a refresher course as well as more information than I had in the early s.

Jan 12, Claire rated it did not like it.

Even before he becomes a fugitive, there is a sense of danger always around the corner. Receptiveness, Mitnick is trying to recall things that happened twenty years ago and it seems he used a very similar Modus Operandi on each hacking job. Ok, let me know what it is and I’ll patch in the fix and call you back”.

Definitely food for thought. This unbelievably wild and crazy book describing the “adventures of the world’s most wanted hacker” was captivating from start to finish. That said, a lot of the book is him re-hashing variations on a theme The book contains a few jaw-dropping moments as Mitnick explains how he infiltrated organizations and systems.

Now a security consultant, he has spoken to audiences krvin conventions around the world, been on dozens of major national TV and radio shows, 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 Wirse. People obsessed with hacking, possibly, but probably not even then.


I was hooked from the beginning – opening word by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. View all 6 comments.

Overall, I am glad I read it. I wiges the social engineering side of this. This was the first book he read cover to cover since finishing law school so I did feel somewhat obligated to pick it up.

Mitnick’s story of how he learned how to hack various phone systems and social ghos his way into the databases of multiple phone companies is a fascinating one. It should be understood that at no time were his criminal activities used to harm others, compr I’m still a few pages from the end of this, but I’ve been writing this review in my head for a couple of days now.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick

He compares himself multiple times to wrongfully accused protagonists in various man-vs. I had high hopes about this book, especially since I read Takedown by Shimomura and Markoff a few years ago a couple of times. Every time breaks down and cries and calls his bool. At times it even seems as if Kevin is dealing with an addiction, unable to stop his love for hacking, continuing to hack thoroughly for the thrill of it, just as a druggie takes drugs for the need of a high.