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. Download and start listening now!