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3.00047744091669 out of 53.00047744091669 out of 53.00047744091669 out of 53.00047744091669 out of 53.00047744091669 out of 5 3.00 (4,189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Mitnick Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781470802608
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Maybe you've heard stories about brilliant children who hack into computer systems to change their report cards. In Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, you'll hear the true story of Kevin Mitnick, whose hacking career started off tame, but escalated into something that sounds like the plot of a blockbuster movie.

Kevin Mitnick always had an interest in computers, and started hacking into the Los Angeles bus system at 12-years-old, earning himself some free rides. By 16, he was breaking into a high-tech computer company's network and copied some operating system software, a feat that earned him his first jail time.

Prison only gave Mitnick time to think, and during his supervised release, he hacked into Pacific Bell's voicemail system. After a warrant for his arrest was issued he went on the run. For 2-1/2 years, Mitnick managed to escape authorities, all the while continuing to compromise secure systems. He broke into networks, copied proprietary software, accessed private files, and edited systems while the FBI was close on his tail.

When Mitnick was finally apprehended, he was the most wanted man in America, and he was found with multiple cell phones and false identification, used to throw the FBI off his trail.

After serving jail time for his crimes, Kevin Mitnick decided to use his hacking skills for good. He now works as a security consultant and has helped many corporations avoid falling victim to hackers such as him. He also wrote The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion.

Co-author William Simon assisted Mitnick with all three of his books, as well as iCon, a Steve Jobs biography. His work has been featured in USA Today and The Washington Post.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  •  A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month in August 2011
  • An NPR Best Book of the Summer

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marvin Watts | 2/17/2014

    " What a story !!!. To think that you can start a World War just by talking on the phone is beyond belief. I mean terrorists who try to kill Americans are treated better than he was. Granted, this was several years ago. For Kevin Mitnick to be able to redeem himself and enjoy the rest of his life by doing what he loves is the true lesson of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Brandt | 2/13/2014

    " I would not have thought that someone could get seriously addicted to 'hacking' - but that's pretty much the only way to explain how someone as smart as Kevin Mitnick could be so Stupid! He gets in trouble for hacking, goes to prison, ends up in solitary confinement, eventually gets out on probation with a promise to stop hacking. He doesn't stop, ends up on the FBI's 'most wanted' list and then (of course) uses his brilliant mind (and hacking skills) to elude capture. A thriller of sorts, but it is hard to see Mitnick as an entirely sympathetic character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint Wiley | 2/3/2014

    " I really liked this story. Working in the telecommunications industry I was already familiar with him. It was fascinating to read his side. Bonus for me was some of the industry lingo. It took me back to the wild early days of my work life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/29/2014

    " Minus a few chapters where Mitnik rambles out way too many codes, overall a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren | 1/25/2014

    " Be weary of social engineering threats. Don't answer just to be nice. Great read, good luck, Kevin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 1/23/2014

    " This book was well written but aggravating. First of all, I appreciate the history but there was way too much "phone freaking" and not enough computer hacking. The only thing dryer than a description of hacking a computer system is a description of how to change phone circuits to clone a cell phone number. The main aggravation though, is the main characters personality. He spends his ENTIRE life hacking and then can't believe the nerve of the authorities for wanting to arrest him. He claims he never profited from any of his hacks. That makes you dumb, not innocent. I am pretty sure every day that you cloned your cell phone number to an unwitting PAYING customer, you were stealing so I am not crying too many tears for this ahole. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katya | 1/19/2014

    " Well-written and unique insight into hacker life, but ultimately too many threads that were never woven together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Rhinehart | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed the story, reminded that i'm a dabbler in technology and this book was more for real tech freaks :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 12/23/2013

    " Really fascinating book, thoroughly enjoyed. Fun to hear the stories from his perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 12/20/2013

    " This is a great read and story. Anyone that is involved in the IT industry will love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 12/19/2013

    " I loved this book! I was sad when I finished, I wanted it to go on. I don't normally feel like that with non-fiction. I highly recommend this book if you are even close to being a nerd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iivo | 11/14/2013

    " "Catch me if you can" in the 90s. Dialing a telephone switch has never been this exciting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobby | 5/7/2013

    " Story could've been good, but the writers voice came across as arrogant and annoying. It felt more like reading a high school diary complete with odd notes about attractive women and asinine details. Major editing could've turned it into some great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 YuJu | 1/12/2013

    " Despite the healthy dose of self-aggrandizement and self-pity throughout the book, this is still an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 4/12/2012

    " I love this book. I would like to own this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linnea | 3/3/2012

    " a good quick read, he kept the technical jargon to a minimum. My only gripe was about half way in I was more interested in reading about how he got caught than his latest security exploit. The last chapters were by far the most interesting to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtis Gibby | 12/16/2011

    " There were parts that were exciting and enjoyable, but many sections were repetitive or not told very well. Also, the author comes off as a victim with a persecution complex, like the government coming after him (for breaking the law) was wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 11/20/2011

    " A true account of how hackers operate and why some of them do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/25/2011

    " This book was really interesting, but some of the elaborate details of hacking became a little monotonous. In a time where people didn't really understand computers, Kevin was easily compromising systems and the people behind them. This book is his version of the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 10/20/2011

    " Let me sum it up for you. Lots of stories about his mostly social hacking exploits and he is never guilty of the hacks most people attribute to him. I love tech but this was a pretty boring book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chloe | 10/17/2011

    " A compelling story but unfortunately not a very compelling read. Although the writing lacks style, the events are fascinating and as the cat and mouse game gets underway it's hard to put down. Still, couldve been an incredible book if it were better written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Duck | 10/17/2011

    " This is a great book. Full of suspense and excellent storytelling! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/15/2011

    " I wish it was a little more technical (thought that would've hurt readability) but a very entertaining read of a guy who could socially engineer his way into just about anywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl | 10/14/2011

    " Started reading and could not stop. I was halfway through on the first night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 10/13/2011

    " I could not put this book down, pretty unbelievable considering throughout most of it I had no idea what the author was talking about. He manages to be technical and riveting at the same time. I loved this book. "

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