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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Apparently the law doesn’t apply wiires KM, because HE never hurt anyone what booj the people whose trust he broke? Retrieved 11 December His story wasn’t bad and it nice to hear from the person who lived through the chaos themself but his story felt it was all over the place. The entire book became a seemingly non-stop repetition of the same story over and over again. People obsessed with hacking, possibly, but probably not even then.

I think in writing this book he really tried to down play what he did and that is disappointing considering what he then went on to do after being freed from prison.

Mitnick’s behavior is deeply disturbing. I got to read this book as part of a buddy read group where we pick different genres and types of books to get us out of our comfort zone. Granted, I am a “technologically-inclined” sort of person, but this book appears to have been written to appeal to both “techies” and “non-techies” alike. Readers are able to explore the mind of a hacker who had the ability to obtain Social Security Numbers of Americans by doing simple steps that would take less than a day to complete.

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His skills are amazing. Frank in the movie used social engineering for conning people and stealing. In fact, he sees himself as the victim.

hgost He hurts his mother, grandmother, wife, and friends over and over again with his illegal hacking activities, says he regrets doing it each time, but then turns around and does it to them again. He claims he did not use software programs or hacking tools for cracking passwords or otherwise exploiting computer or phone security.

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. All I did was break into Bank of America! However, his reputation was getting him pinned for crimes he didn’t commit. Retrieved May 27, Yet I never tired of hearing about it; I seldom wanted to put this book down.


Hackers tend to be represented by the media as if bookk spend their days flying between Monaco and the Cayman Islands and I’m sure some of them dobut it’s a myth that Mitnick does a nice job of busting with detail about his life. The Hacker Quarterly in response to Takedown. He repeats this so often, in fact, that it begins to feel like a case of “the lady doth protest too much.

Since that was the object of the read, it was a success. His is a fascinating, even bizarre tale of kwvin convergence of law enforcement, ego, and addiction.

Sep 14, Michael rated it it was amazing. Would I recommend this? I ended up really enjoying the hunt for his capture and how he was moving and trying to stay ahead.

Mitnick is obsessive about his own privacy, and yet is utterly indignant about others’ attention to and expectation of theirs? It starts out with Kevin’s boyhood, which sounded pretty typical for a ‘tech-hall’ resident – learning the ins and outs of the telephone system to make free calls, modifying your HAM radio to jam the local McDonald’s drive thru speakers, driving your computer science teacher nuts by constantly breaking his passwords.

I can’t put it down. And I get the feeling that the repetitive nature of this novel is in part because it is filled with a number of lies by omission, as well as revisionist history to paint him in a better light — if not outright blatant lies.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

They talk about not being able to sympathize, they judge Mitnick for taking advantage of people, they hate Mitnick for the way he exploited his mother and grandmother, they talk bad because they can’t understand what drove Mitnick to continue to break into systems, they are irritated because of his cocky attitude. I just wanted to know what happened next: This book gives a glimpse into the mind of a true obsessive. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. This inability to rein himself in, even when he recognizes mitnck dangers and the possibility of overreaching, is one of the reasons he eventually gets caught and goes to jail.


I do not believe “addict” to be too strong a word, as throughout the entire book, he talks about not being able to help himself, even when he’s having to take on new identities and become a fugitive.

He writes, “It always seems strange to me that my captors had such trouble grasping the deep satisfaction that could be derived from a game of skill Definitely food for thought. If we lived in a society like that, everyday life might be less of a headache, with less two-step authentication and obligatory changing of passwords. He’s as addicted to boo as one might be to heroine. Finally, it was simply nice to hear Kevin’s voice. He very much describes what he did, but is also very clear about what he did not do.

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. Archived from the original on June 13, Would you like to tell us about mitick lower price? The Art of Intrusion: Hacker used to be a nickname for obsessive computer types that would dig into depths of systems and code looking for the nooks and crannies.

He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable. Not once does he say anything about how it’s HIS fault that his grandmother and mother are under stress, not once does he acknowledge that if he stopped hacking then he wouldn’t have to worry about being arrested and imprisoned, not once does he own up to the immorality of his actions or mifnick that actions have consequences.

The book is very much a public service because it provides specific, well documented detail on the lengths to which law enforcement officials will go to frame someone, essentially, and put them in jail simply because they want, “feel” or “believe” they belong there, even when there is no evidence.

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