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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Clever clogs Mitnick likes to dress his manipulation, deceit, guile and lying to people under the guise of the term “social engineering”.

The book gives some very useful insights into biok one of the best social engineers that entered the media. Retrieved July 17, Eventually, he went just a bit too far and was rounded up by the FBI and tossed into jail. It’s a bit annoying that his sociopathy is being rewarded with book revenue, but this is a story that needed to be told, as a cautionary tale, if nothing else.

I could think of something elsethe author pretty much just paints himself as a manipulative hacking addict. Want to Read saving….

I’ve read several of the negative comments written about this book, and I don’t understand why these people read the book in the first place. I have to say that after two almost sleepless nights, some good laughs, and the suspens filled pages, I can only say: 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.


If computer lingo bores you to tears steer clear. Thus, I am very impressed by this story. He is smart, but he is a con-man.

This rep ended up putting him away for a lot longer than he really should have, had it been another person Unfortunately, the story that sounded great verbally was less great tranlated into book form.

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For eg, he’d call someone and say he was from the IT dept, throw in a bunch of internal jargon, mention a name, and find out whatever he needed. These are superfluous as the reader that is paying attention knows which of the claims go which way.

Jul 01, Lee rated it liked it. As computers and phones become more mitnik, so too does Mitnick. Oct 15, Joe rated it did not like it Shelves: The stories are fun but too much of the text fails: After he convinced a bus driver to tell him where he could buy his own ticket punch for “a school project”, he was able to ride any bus in the greater LA area using unused transfer slips he found in a dumpster next to the bus company garage.

Mitnick also intercepted and stole computer passwords, altered computer networks, and broke into and read private e-mails. This became incredibly repetitive very quickly. Mitnick keeps the structure of the book strictly chronological, with just enough foreshadowing to whet our appetites in anticipation of future events. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and historic, but highly instructional also.

One of my friends describe the tje as repetitive. At times, Mitnick is a bit short-sighted in things and that comes across.

But, I rated this book highly, not because it’s all true, or becau This book gives a glimpse into the wirs of a true obsessive. Only people dedicated to the same ethos as Mitnick, i. I recall really enjoying this. Mitnick served five years in prison—four and a half years pre-trial and eight months in solitary confinement —because, according to Mitnick, law enforcement officials convinced a judge that he had the ability to “start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone”, [21] meaning that law enforcement told the judge that he ghosf somehow dial into the NORAD modem via a payphone from prison and communicate with the modem by whistling to launch nuclear missiles.


Ghost in the Wires is that sweet spot of books about technology. Mitnick calls an administrative office of a corporation, pret Ghost in the Wires: In other thd Wikimedia Commons.

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

I was hooked from the beginning – opening word by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. First, the bad stuff: Despite being double-crossed by nearly all his friends, losing his wife and breaking his Mother’s heart over and over again, he still could not stop. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison plus 22 months for violating the terms of his supervised release sentence for computer fraud. Kevin Mitnick is an arrogant jerk.

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

Jul 16, Kaitlin rated it it was ok Shelves: It is definitely not for the light reader. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

He’s an addict through and through.