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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Jan 14, Stephen rated gyost did not like it. This rep ended up putting him away for a lot longer than he really should have, had it been another person Ghost in the Wires.

The case against Mitnick tested the new laws that had been enacted for dealing with computer crime, and it raised public awareness of security involving networked computers. When they did finally react, it was often to an extreme, which I think is evident in some of the treatment Mr.

Look how good he is at remembering phone numbers! One of my friends describe the book as repetitive. Ghost in the Wires: You’ll want to drink ipecac gyost reading this book. 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.

This biography was lava-hot recommended by the one of the ,itnick of our tech company when a portion of us me included rebelled against introduction of policies.

It may be interesting to those with a detailed knowledge of these things, but what I found more compelling was the human story Mitnick tells.

But due tomorrow statute of limitations expiring, he and a ghost we are able to tell his side. With the exception of his mom and grandmother enablers who bail him out repeatedly he expresses no remorse for his actions. Dec 18, LeeAnne rated it it was ok Shelves: Every big hack the FBI would suspect Mitnick.

John Markoff and Bhost Shimomurawho had both been part of the pursuit, wrote the book Takedown about Mitnick’s capture.

Kevin Mitnick

His purported love and concern never stop him from involving them in his various schemes to evade and outwit law enforcement. We get it, the human element is the weakest in every computer system.


His repeated surprise that anyone would be interested in what he was doing, much less want to arrest and prosecute him is amusing. I ended up really enjoying the hunt for his capture and how he was moving and trying to stay ahead. Heck he explains how he did everything he accomplished. Besides that, it was also very interesting to 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. I started with quite a lot of expectations for this book and i’d have to say overall, I was a little disappointed.

Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

Eventually, he went just a bit too far and was rounded up by the FBI and tossed into jail. So what was the nature of my crime, that I allegedly had access? The book follows Mitnick as he starts his social-engineering career. But to a programmer, it really feels missing.

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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 accept that ghosr have consequences. This book follows Kevin from the time he was around 8, learning to mithick locks. View all 10 comments.

In the end his ego, and his inability to stop breaking into computer systems proves to be his downfall. Takedown gave me the sense of a Hollywood-movie script, all blown up to make it more exciting, even before I read more on the real facts yes, it was obvious.

Back when he was active he would have been considered more of a Phone Phreak which he does cover a bit or a Cracker. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mitnick was charged with wire fraud 14 countspossession mignick unauthorized access devices 8 countsinterception of wire or electronic communications, unauthorized access to a federal computer, and causing damage to a computer. All these tales of his exploits with periodic expressions of contrition that rang hollow for me boo hoo, I’m so sad that I stressed out my mom and gramand a lot of instances of the pot calling the kettle black I don’t get guys who have to brag about their sexual exploits.


I worked at The Well when this was all going down!

Mitnick is all mltnick the place. I’ve always been fascinated by the early days of computers and the internet, especially where computer cracking is involved. For Mitnick, 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.

I think this book should be required reading for anyone who works in help desk or other technology; heck, I worked in a hospital, and I think all of the staff should have been reading it too.

It does get it a bit wrong about how he was detected. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Using his wits, and dorky knowledge, he managed to pull off lots of small pranks that would ln really hurt anyone. My reading pace is different for mittnick book, but I literally did not want to stop reading this, stealing every possible opportunity to read as much as I could each day. Retrieved 3 December KM speaks kindly of people only when they are useful to him; everyone else earns his disdain.

Executive Office for United States Attorneys. The time, energy, and money he cost hundreds –thousands? Mitnick repeatedly asserts that he wasn’t interested in committing any kind of criminal act so much as he enjoyed the thrill of seeing if he could do something and how it could be done.

He wants to crack the security of a particular company, so he “social engineers” his way into getting passcodes, source codes, etc. Archived from the original PDF on March 4, Archived from the original on December 26,