Ghost in the Wires

Ghost in the Wires

My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

Book - 2011
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The world's most famous former computer hacker, now a security consultant, describes his life on the run from the FBI creating fake identities, finding jobs at a law firm and a hospital, and keeping tabs on his pursuers.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2011.
ISBN: 9780316037709
0316037702
Characteristics: xiv, 413 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Simon, William L. 1930-

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moodieiad
Jun 09, 2017

Great read!

It shows what happens when as a society we waste a curious mind and let it run without a meaningful purpose. We actually have him to thank for many of the improvements in security over the years, an unintended byproduct of his curiosity and exploits.

The scary part is that if we consider people learn from the mistakes of others, how many others like him are out there doing what they do better than he did having learned from his mistakes?

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joezind
Feb 04, 2014

Read the first two chapters, the other twenty are the same cake but with different frosting. This fool has wasted his life playing on the telephone.

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jimg2000
Dec 13, 2013

Interesting guy who knew how to do things that he shouldn't be doing ... all the time. He had gained such a reputation that prosecutors could keep him in jail just by repeating legends of amazing feats of hacking ... all of which he denied. It was just that the stories were so outrageous, no judge could believe that the prosecutors were passing on bad information

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synchdoc
Feb 18, 2012

this guy is a crazy hacker who lives to have fun solving the puzzle of getting into the worlds' most complex computers. It gives real insight into the lack of security at home and in big supposedly secure companies that we trust. A real eye-opener.

jlazcan Oct 16, 2011

This book can be a bit overwhelming in some sections as it has tons of technical jargon, but the author does try to explain most of it in simple terms. It is really interesting to see just how vulnerable we all are to attacks on our privacy. This is currently a very relevant topic and will continue to be for years to come. Mitnick's ability to remember details that occurred decades ago is impressive. He explains his side of the story and does everything he can to paint himself as a lightweight criminal who never really hurt anyone. One has to be concerned with what, how and why he was doing what he was doing. The book makes you feel as if Mitnick and other hackers like him have free range over any networked computer system. Mitnick would find vulnerabilities in the actual system or through their human components using Social Engineering. He seems to do it with such ease that it may make some a little paranoid.

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ravensview
Aug 29, 2011

G&M recommended Aug 27 Very good - Matt would like

debwalker Jun 02, 2011

In our new Internet-saturated age, hackers are much more prevalent than they once were, but also much less prominent. During the early years of the Web, however, a hacker could attain national fame by breaking into mainframes, which is exactly what Kevin Mitnick did — he hacked his way into Motorola, Sun Microsystems and PacBell, and ended up eluding the FBI for years through stolen identities and other elaborate ruses until a dramatic final showdown. Mitnick was a criminal, to be sure, but he was also a visionary: Due to his hacking exploits, we have dramatically shifted how we protect online information. Ghosts in the Wires is much more exciting to read than it should be — Mitnick manages to make breaking computer code sound as action-packed as robbing a bank.

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