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

This form of theft, as well as repeated breaking and entering, both electronically and physically, seems to be viewed as no problem. He uses prompt and detailed information about what he did to hack and social engineer some of the biggest names in the Security and Financial world of that time, something most authors try to sway from.

I’m not that much into biographies but I gave this a go as a group read. This book gives a glimpse into the mind of a true obsessive.

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

The best part of the book is by far when he discovers his own investigation. Jan 14, Stephen rated it did not like it. Mitnick was brilliant at this and really shows how you can pretty much get anything you want out of people by being friendly, confident and clued up on the lingo.

Mitnick stresses throughout the book that he never hacked for profit or out of malice. I’d sooner read the sympathetic diaries of John Wayne Gacy than revisit Mr.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

Unless you like repetition and gibberish. Twenty years for each call! Reading this book he ghoat come off as a very likable person to ggost, yet people seem to jump to help him, even as he abuses their trust and love. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Frank in the movie used social engineering for conning people and stealing. But my interest is in computers so I wanted to read more about computer hacking.

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However, Mitnick routinely kwvin losing me on the particulars of how he was getting into this or that system, as my fhost didn’t find those bits exceptionally captivating and naturally began to wander.

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.

Commence hacking into my bank account in 3, 2, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For him, hacking was more of a “Why did I climb that mountain? For him, it was merely an exercise in ego. Because it was there! It might get tedious or frustrating to those without any background. This was the first book he read cover to cover since finishing law ghist so I did feel somewhat obligated to pick it up. Preview — Ghost in the Wires by Kevin D.

I’m sure there are people who love this book for revealing the “magic” behind social engineering, but I am not one of them. Never does he express any remorse for his actions, choosing instead to slam “the Feds” for slandering him, the eires system for failing to understand him, and his associates for ratting him out or making mistakes that get him caught. In one scene he imtnick figures out that he is being tracked electronically by the authorities when he uses his cell phone, and is actually being followed by a helicopter that zeroes in on him every time he makes a call.

Mitnick is upset when he is blamed for things he “didn’t do” and when he is “double crossed,” but he freely admits to dozens of other computer break ins and instances where he compromises the trust of others using “social engineering” techniques, ridicules them for trusting him, and then betrays that trust.


Jan 21, Courtney rated it it was ok. So i have to do my best to make it up to her later today.

Aug 11, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: Most of us in the office thought the FBI peeps were hired security consultants. Mitnick calls an administrative office of a corporation, pret Ghost in the Wires: During his supervised release, which ended on January 21,he was initially forbidden to use any communications technology other than a landline telephone.

While on booi run Mitnick takes great pains to steal and set up new identities in Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle, and Raleigh NC, but each time he goes back to his old hacking and cell phone tricks only to get discovered again and again.

He is clearly impressed with himself and wants the reader to be too, but then paints himself as this naif at times who is falling prey to untrustworthy and disloyal “friends” If I can recommend it to anyone, I’d recommend it to people who are interested in a non-fiction example of the “unreliable narrator”.

Mitnick shows no evidence of ever having read a book for the sheer joy of it, nor even writing a letter or a note on a refrigerator witho From Professor Schmecker’s Pop-up Book of Modern Irregular Conjugations Reflecting the Problems of Modern Society: In common with the people who wrote negative reviews, I too felt bad for his mother, grandmother, friends, him, and everyone he ever used for his criminal activities.

Also kind of funny every time the law is after him he is like “Why are they after me?

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