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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon

Narrated By: Ray Porter

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: August 2011

Duration: 14 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable. But for Kevin, hacking wasn't just about technological feats it was an old fashioned confidence game that required guile and deception to trick the unwitting out of valuable information.

Driven by a powerful urge to accomplish the impossible, Mitnick bypassed security systems and blazed into major organizations including Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Pacific Bell. But as the FBI's net began to tighten, Kevin went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated cat-and-mouse game that led through false identities, a host of cities, plenty of close shaves, and to an ultimate showdown with the feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.

Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escape and a portrait of a visionary whose creativity, skills, and persistence forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, inspiring ripples that brought permanent changes in the way people and companies protect their most sensitive information.

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

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  • Anthony Smith

    Not for me. Juvenile style and surprisingly not so much hacking as conning and lying his way into phone companies & networks. I think the narration exaggerated the sophomoric humor and entitled, defensive attitude. I gave up after an hour or two.

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  • John True

    Excellent! If you are in to technology and even remotely interested in learning about the life of a hacker then this audiobook is for you. I became interested in this book after listening to the Steve Jobs biography where they briefly touch on "phone freaking" and hacking. I wanted to learn a little more about the subject so I decided to give Ghost In The Wires a try. Honestly I never would have thought that I would have enjoyed this book so much. Ray Porter's narration really enhanced the experience for me. Overall, the story of Kevin Mitnick turned out to be extremely entertaining and a little scary. It certainly makes you wonder if there are people out there right now trying to do the same things he did... though with more of a "dark side" mentality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Douglas C

    Thought that there was a good balance between the plot and technical details. one of the better hacking books that are offered.