Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
If they were a hall of fame or shame for computer hackers, a Kevin Mitnick plaque would be mounted the near the entrance. While other nerds were fumbling with password possibilities, this adept break-artist was penetrating the digital secrets of Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment Corporation, Nokia, Motorola, Pacific Bell, and other mammoth enterprises. His Ghost in the W...more
by Kevin D. Mitnick
Kevin Mitnick is not really a hacker. He’s more of a nerdy scam artist with a massive ego. Many other reviewers have described this book better than I can. They believe Kevin Mitnick is a sociopath and I agree. He is extremely proud of his “social-engineering” skills (his ability to lie to people convincingly).
All of his scams are fairly similar.
1. Mitnick calls an administrative office of a corporation, pret ...more
The subject matter was something I was looking forward to getting into, imagining a book of hacking adventure and in ...more
The good: Mitnick's story is legendary, and while I get the feeling he isn't always 100% honest, this is probably the closest we'll ever get to the true story without embellishments and ridiculous rumors. As Mitnick points out several times in his own story, his escapades are remarkable enough without the crazy rumors that grew around his legend over the years.
As a hacke ...more
Granted, I am a "technologically-inclined" sort of person, but this book appears to have been written to appeal to both "techies" and "non-techies" alike. Techies will appreciate the relative simplicity of the incredible hacks that Mitnick managed to pull off, while non-techies will gape in astonishment at the achievements and audacity that these hacks involve ...more
The book is by Kevin Mitnick about his adventures in hacking. I would definitely not call the book well written but I did find his life fascinating. He started hacking as a teenager and never stopped. He's as addicted to it as one might be to heroine. No exaggeration. Despite being arrested ...more
*Future events are given away sometimes chapters ahead of time like when he compares his flight from Denver to his flight from the South.
*A lot of crappy figures of speech like "hit me like a ton of bricks". You ...more
The story of Mitnick's hacking, his two and a half year evasion of the police and FBI and his subsequent trial is constantly engaging and occasionally exciting, filled with tips, quirky asides, and the occasional bit of jargon pitched ...more
I ended up rereading this book with a few friends after attempting to pick something they would hopefully enjoy that they wouldn't have read otherwise. The jury is still out, but it looks like I might have done a poor job. I enjoyed the reread, but this book won't be for everyone.
I've always been fascinated by the early days of computers and the internet, especially where co ...more
I hack, You betray, He accelerates the collapse of society.
which about sums up Ghost in the Wires.
A big shout-out, props, and whatever else the cool kids are saying nowadays when they want to show respect to William L. Simon, Mitnick's “co-author”. Mitnick shows no evidence of ever having read a book for the sheer joy of it, nor even writing a letter or a note on a refrigerator witho ...more
Full disclosure: I found 2600 magazine in high school (among the zines at a local indie record store, fortunately) and had several Free Kevin stickers. The downright illegal means used by law enforcement to pursue Mitnick, and the legal system's irrationality and unjust punishment of him, provided o ...more
I further felt mislead because the prologue was an incredibly interesting two-man B&E into a corporation that he was paid to infiltrate as a security consultant. Once the actual novel started, there wasn't another paragraph nearly as interesting as the prologue. More specifically, most of his hacking was pho ...more
All of these good aspects put the worst part of the book in sharp relief: Mitnick is a sociopath. I'd sooner read the sympathetic diaries of John Wayne Gacy than revisit Mr. Mitnick. On top of which he spends most ...more
I'm not that much into biographies but I gave this a go as a group read. It had some interesting elements but overall the subject matter didn't interest me. I think it would appeal to people like software engineers and other hackers ...more
I will leave whatever social sickness the brilliant Kevin Mitnick has to the mental health professionals, but suffice it to say that his writing in Ghost in the Wires is a terrific nonfiction example of an "unreliable narrator." Throughout the book, Mitnick does the same things over an ...more
أعرف أن ترجمتي للعنوان غير جذابة، ولكن الكتاب ممتع ومثير، وشخصية كيفن ميتنك وما مر به من أحداث، تجذب القارئ لمتابعة القصة التي تبدو كأحد أفلام هوليود، وقد تحولت بالفعل إلى فيلم فيما بعد وإن كان غير مرضٍ لميتنك لأن الفيلم قام بشيطنته، وكان سيسبب له الكثير من المشاكل لولا تدخله، لحذف بعض المشاهد التي كانت ستخلده في الذاكرة كأحد أسوأ الشخصيات على الإطلاق.
الهاكر هو قاطع الطريق الالكتروني، نسخة العصر الحديث الذي يمكنه الوصول إلى معلوماتك أو أموالك، سر ...more
Overall disappointed. Story isn't well written imo, and Mitnick appears to come across as a kid just trying to see what he could accomplish. However, the degree of social engineering he used made me feel slimey just reading about it. And while he says he had no ill intent, really? Are you SURE? Obviously one would want to tell their own story in the best light possible. Especial ...more
First, the bad stuff: there’s way too much tehnical detail about old telephone systems, sometimes it feels like he keeps doing the same thing over and over again, so the book gets a bit monotone at times. If you have a ...more
This is a biography, which means it's laid out from Mitnick's point of view and chronicles his life, obviously paying special attention to the computer hacking parts...which you will find out made up about 110% of his life anyway. It starts out with Kevin ...more
I have been working with computers since I was able to read, thanks to my fantastic dad. I grew up as a t ...more
Equally fascinating is his sense of entitlement, lack of ethics, and lack of moral substance. He has lied through his teeth on a regular basis to get what he wanted and then drop ...more
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