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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He is also the Chief Hacking Officer of the security awareness training company KnowBe4, as well as an active advisory board member at Zimperium[9] a firm that im a mobile intrusion prevention system. His autobiography Ghost in the Wires is every bit as fascinating as I’d hoped it would be when I first heard from Mitnick all those years ago. And I get the feeling that the repetitive nature of this novel is in part because it miynick 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.

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. The late 70s and the 80s were basically the wild west. The Art of Intrusion: But that meant as a reader, we got to read the same thing over and over again, with a change to his social engineering calls and the phone numbers he now had access to.

Then he breaks down and cries and calls his mother. View all 4 comments. The Art of Deception: I find it interesting that Mr. Mirnick also has a strong social message. Besides that, it was also very interesting on read how he felt while beeing on the run, trying to be one step ahead of the FBI every time they got closer to him.

All of his scams are fairly similar. With the emergence of the Internet into the public sphere and the rise of the Web, computers and the phone system are now fundamentally ij, and vast swathes gost our infrastructure are dependent on them.


He started hacking as a teenager and never stopped. Often time people are the weakest link in computer security. The first 1, times he tells this story, the reaction is, “Wow! It is definitely not for the light reader. 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.

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

There was no Facebook or Twitter, no Amazon or Google. Ghost in the Wires offers a rare opportunity for us to dig into the mind of someone most in our field would consider the enemy. So what was the nature of my crime, that I allegedly had access? Retrieved 11 December I’ve always jitnick fascinated by the early days of computers and the kfvin, especially where computer cracking is involved. I’d sooner read the sympathetic diaries of John Wayne Gacy than revisit Mr.

It was the head of Community, who was checking out comped accounts with excessive disk usage.

He’s as addicted to it as one might be to heroine. It just doesn’t wash.

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It does get it a bit wrong about how he was detected. The story of Mitnick’s hacking, his two and a ni year evasion of the police and FBI and his subsequent trial is constantly engaging and occasionally exciting, filled with tips, quirky asides, and the occasional bit of jargon pitched just above my competence. Unfortunately, the story that sounded great verbally was less great tranlated into book form.

It had some mitnivk elements but overall the subject matter didn’t interest me. Dec 28, Terry rated it it was ok Shelves: This rep ended up putting him away for a lot longer than he really should have, had it been another person 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.

Soon it seemed like all Kevin was doing was trying to find ways to get free phone calls, get free Internet, and hack kevn restricted files. However, these accounts are necessarily one-sided, and I get the sense from reading between the lines that there was a lot about Mitnick as a person that contributed to these changes of heart.


View all 14 comments. Throughout the book, Kevin points out some of the misconceptions and prejudices held by the public and law enforcement as it relates to the penalties imposed on those who get caught. I was facing a worst-case scenario of years. No, he’s just a curious guy who hacks for the thrill of it, and really, what’s so bad about that?

It definitely makes me want to attend one of his talks. More specifically, most of his hacking was mtinick The least of my complaints is that this guy, for all his alleged genius qualities, isn’t a good writer.

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 In his book, The Art of DeceptionMitnick states that he compromised computers solely by using passwords and codes that he gained by social engineering. He talks at the end on how he’s brought in to speak on how to make organizations safer but he makes no reference to these recommendations.

If I had three full free days, I’d have it finished by now.

I couldn’t abide Mitnick’s tone of unrepentant arrogance describing his early escapades, and the style, ghosh direct, was so full of unfamiliar, archaic jargon that I felt my eyes jumping past the endless acronyms.

He admitted to violating the terms of supervised release by hacking into Pacific Bell voicemail and other systems and to associating with known computer hackers, in this case co-defendant Lewis De Payne.

Or maybe it’s because he doesn’t seem to feel like what he did was all that wrong, and might self identify with the original definition. He wouldn’t use just his computer, as I would have thought.