Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick audiobook

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

By Kevin Mitnick , with William L. Simon
Foreword by Steve Wozniak
Read by Ray Porter

Blackstone Publishing 9780316037709
13.98 Hours Unabridged
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Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most wanted computer hacker, managed to hack into some of the country’s most powerful—and seemingly impenetrable—agencies and companies. By conning employees into giving him private information and maneuvering through layers of security, he gained access to data that no one else could. The suspenseful heart of the book unfolds as Mitnick disappears on a three-year run from the FBI. He creates fake identities, finds jobs at a law firm and hospital, and keeps tabs on his myriad pursuers—all while continuing to hack into computer systems and phone company switches that were considered flawless. A modern, technology-driven adventure story, Ghost in the Wires is a dramatic account of the joy of outsmarting security programs, the satisfaction of code cracking, and the thrill of unbelievable escape.

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Summary

Summary

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month in August 2011

An NPR Best Book of the Summer

 A New York Times bestseller

Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most wanted computer hacker, managed to hack into some of the country’s most powerful—and seemingly impenetrable—agencies and companies. By conning employees into giving him private information and maneuvering through layers of security, he gained access to data that no one else could.

The suspenseful heart of the book unfolds as Mitnick disappears on a three-year run from the FBI. He creates fake identities, finds jobs at a law firm and hospital, and keeps tabs on his myriad pursuers—all while continuing to hack into computer systems and phone company switches that were considered flawless.

A modern, technology-driven adventure story, Ghost in the Wires is a dramatic account of the joy of outsmarting security programs, the satisfaction of code cracking, and the thrill of unbelievable escape.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Intriguing, insightful, and extremely educational into the mind of one who truly mastered the art of social engineering with the use of a computer and modern-day technologies. I strongly believe that one can learn a great deal about protecting themselves once they understand how another one perpetrates the crime.” Frank W. Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can
“Mitnick’s sense of humor is evident as he recounts his adventures…For those interested in computer history, Ghost in the Wires is a nostalgia trip to the quaint old days before hacking (and hackers) turned so malicious and financially motivated.” New York Times
“It’s the piquant human element that really animates this rollicking memoir of high-tech skullduggery…The considerable charm of this nonstop caper saga lies in seeing the giant, faceless bureaucracies that rule and regulate us unmasked as assemblages of hapless people dancing to a plucky con man’s tune.” Publishers Weekly book review
“Ray Porter’s narration is direct and has a determined edge that captures Mitnick’s mindset as he hacks into computer systems despite the consequences. Porter’s narration also contains a slight nasal tone that—for good or for ill—recalls the cliché of a nerdy computer hacker. Throughout this audio edition, Porter keeps the story moving at an engaging pace.” Publishers Weekly audio review
“A lucid, brightly written tale for both techies and lay readers.” Kirkus Reviews
Ghost in the Wires reads like a contemporary über-geeky thriller…A nostalgia trip to the quaint old days before hacking (and hackers) turned so malicious and financially motivated.” New York Times Book Review

Reviews

Reviews

by Meagan 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
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A Great Story for Even the Mildly Geeky

Ghost in the Wires is the true story of Kevin Mitnick, one of the most famous (or infamous) phone phreakers and computer hackers of all time. His biography makes for a fascinating read/listen. *** Mitnick recounts his boyhood in Los Angeles, scamming the bus system and learning his way around national and, eventually, international phone systems; his early marriage to a woman who would soon after marry his best friend and fellow hacker yet remain an important figure in his life; his first arrest, which led him to an eight-month stint in solitary confinement; and his three-year run from the FBI, using multiple false identities and cloned cell phones. *** I was taken by this story from the moment I read the description and downloaded it. Through technology, “social engineering”, and sheer persistence, he was able to access systems of information that made fellow hackers swoon, yet he never used that information toward any unethical end. He was simply obsessed with mastering the system and outsmarting anyone else playing the same game. To me, Mitnick is a prodigy, a likeable technogeek. And if you Google his name, you’ll find that his story has a great ending. It’s like a real-life version of the 1992 movie Sneakers, one of my favorite movies of all time. *** Mitnick’s voice comes through perfectly by way of narrator Ray Porter. Porter’s rhythm kept the thrills coming, and didn’t let the listener get lost in details that might be better seen on paper. The book gets rather technical at times, particularly when it came to Mitnick’s predilection for maneuvering and exploiting various phone systems; however, it was never so technical that I couldn’t get the jist of what he was recounting, and it only added to the author’s good-nerd persona. *** In short: Ghost in the Wires is an engaging, thrilling, and fun read, and this audiobook version is narrated almost perfectly. If you have even the slightest interest in infotech, you’ll love Mitnick’s story.

Author

Author Bio: Kevin Mitnick

Author Bio: Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick, as the world’s most famous hacker, has been the subject of countless news and magazine articles published throughout the world. He has made guest appearances on numerous television and radio programs, offering expert commentary on issues related to information security. His leading penetration-testing team is highly respected and sought after for their security services to the world’s top corporations and governments through the company he founded, Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC. His clients include dozens of the Fortune 500 and world governments. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Ghost in the Wires, as well as several other books.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 13.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English