Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
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... show more
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.
Publish date: August 15th 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 413
Edition language: English
, Computer Science
, True Crime
Kevin Mitnick is brilliant! Very entertaining and informative. Although I'm not a computer geek myself, I understood the technical parts.
I kept wondering as I read this: what's the other side to this story? Mitnick's creativity and perseverance really impress me, but at the same time he really comes across as a sociopath who's sense of entitlement and lack of ethics annoy me - especially when he spends such a large portion of the boo...
This was Kevin D. Mitnick's "get even" book. The sole reason for writing it seems to have been to name everybody who ever did him a bad turn. The hacking, and particularly the social engineering, is fascinating, but the character is a louse. He seems to think that just because he didn't intend to ...