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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Pamela | 1/29/2014

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

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