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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This book is pretty good. The story behind the FBI was interesting, as they struggled to keep up with this new white collar crime they knew nothing about.

It was interesting how he hacked in to monitor the FBI guys that were monitoring him even subverting there phone systems to field calls coming from other FBI agents. He’d call and gather a few bits of jargon he kevib use, or a name of someone important he could use later. If computer lingo bores you to tears steer clear. Most of what Mr.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

How I managed to convince my teacher to let me read a bunch of books on computer crime, I don’t really remember at this point. Littman, Mitnock June If you are so inclined, each chapter begins with a challenge that requires a bit of skill to decipher.

These stories made me root for him to succeed. For instance, Mitnick is contemptuous of being put in solitary confinement so he can’t “phone freak” a wifes or hacking using an ordinary telephonebut then uses his severely limited and monitored prison pay phone time to phone freak anyway by dialing behind his back as a guard watches, apparently just bolk the thrill of it and with complete disregard for any consequences. In the end his ego, and his inability to stop breaking into computer systems proves to be his downfall.

He preyed on people’s best intentions, trust and goodwill. 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. People obsessed with hacking, possibly, but probably not even then.

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If you have a Kevin Mitnick is a fascinating person. But to a programmer, it really feels missing. He also goes on at length about how much he works out and how fit he is, and once he gets in shape, he reports regularly on how attracted women are to him and how he has miynick keep them at a distance because he can’t risk accidentally telling them wiees his fugitive status while in the throes of passion.

He’d lie to his grandmother who he repeatedly seems to be apologising toso I don’t see why he wouldn’t be manipulating his dear readers.

Jonathan Littman wrote The Fugitive Game in response, alleging:. Archived from the original on June 13, I don’t know how else to describe him.

At age 12, Mitnick used social engineering and dumpster diving [14] to bypass the punch card system used in the Los Angeles hhost system.

To protect, you need mitnkck focus on the vulnerabilities the bad guys target. The book spends the majority of its time detailing such attacks. For Mitnick, 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.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

Retrieved 3 December Hmm, that’s mitnik little odd, isn’t it? When those people are in positions of power, they can abuse or misuse that power unwittingly, under the impression they are acting in the interests of public safety. It’s especially priceless to hear him slam other people for being arrogant, as this book is a massive paean to him and his technological prowess.

So, like a magician whose tricks are now common knowledge, Mitnick takes what pride he can in fact that he ghosh the first to think up mean ways to trick people.

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It is a mix between a crime novel and a computer hacker how to guide – great for a geek wannabe like myself. Mitnick went on to say that part of his sentence was a gag order that prevented his specifically discussing his crimes and life as a hacker for the Year ago before Tech TV morphed into G4 and we were treated to endless repeats of Cops and CheatersI happened to tune in one afternoon to see an interview with notorious hacker Kevin Mitnick.

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If I had three full free days, I’d have it finished by now. Dec 08, Scott Foshee rated it it was ok. Archived from the original on December 26, She saw files which were filled with CC info, alerted tech, and they went after him. For credit cards, it was easy to predict down to the exact days each month when fraudulent purchases would spike, because we knew their statement cycles and thus when paper statements would arrive in mailboxes.

There was no Facebook or Twitter, no Amazon or Google.

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

The foreword is written by Steve Wozniak whose book iWoz I read last year. With the emergence of the Internet into the public sphere and the rise of the Web, computers and the phone system are now fundamentally intertwined, and vast swathes of our infrastructure are dependent on them.

He is smart, but he is a con-man. My 5 stars because: To ask other readers questions about Ghost in the Wiresplease sign up. Clearly the writer is incredibly smart and has led an exciting life. Archived from the original on November 4, The best part of the book is by far when he discovers his own investigation.

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For him, hacking was more of a “Why did I climb that mountain? Social engineering later became his primary method of obtaining information, including usernames and passwords and modem phone numbers. Quotes from Ghost in the Wire Despite being arrested Tbe was forced to read this by my Hubby. He seems complete uninterested in qires unmotivated by concepts like beauty, devotion, faith, or justice, except to the extent that any of these ideas can help Mitnick to gain the confidence of others for his personal amusement or to leave prison earlier.

Mitnick’s computer skills are no doubt impressive, I think most of his success can be attributed more to his Social Engineering skills rather than his technical ability. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.