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. His Ghost in the Wires memoir paints an action portrait of a plucky loner motivated by a passion for trickery, not material game. Mitnick's capers have already been the subject of two books and a movie. This first-person account is the most comprehensive to date.

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This book was written in with assistance from William L. The story begins with Kevin describing his propensity for being an early childhood escape artist. He provides a bit of insight into the early childhood influences that inspired his curiosity and introduced him to the world of hacking. The first hack he details involved punching his own bus transfers, so he could ride the bus around Los Angeles for free.

Over time, he sharpened his skills, expanded his computer savvy, and tackled large and seemingly impossible targets. His real motivation time and time again was the sheer thrill of the chase and the satisfaction of a difficult mission accomplished. He became a skilled and adept social engineer using those skills to obtain some of the most valuable corporate secrets imaginable and live on the run for many years.

As you read his adventures, you will understand more about the delicate balance between conscience and addiction. His book describes in great deal the many breaches he conducted along with the story behind the techniques he used to attain his goals. He also describes his years on the run and the steps he took to avoid being caught.

His inability to control his need to hack led to his capture and eventual jail time. Throughout the book, Kevin points out some of the misconceptions and prejudices held by the public and law enforcement as it relates to the penalties imposed on those who get caught. Definitely food for thought. Ghost in the Wires offers a rare opportunity for us to dig into the mind of someone most in our field would consider the enemy.

To protect, you need to focus on the vulnerabilities the bad guys target. This is an account worth reading. If you are so inclined, each chapter begins with a challenge that requires a bit of skill to decipher. He is also well-versed in ethical hacking and penetration testing techniques and has been involved in technology for more than 20 years. Toggle navigation.


Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

Grab Your Copy Today! He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies--and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable. But for Kevin, 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.


Book Review: Ghost in The Wires – Kevin Mitnick

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The thrilling memoir of the world's most wanted computer hacker. Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies -- and no matter how fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. As the FBI's net finally began to tighten, Mitnick went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated game of hide-and-seek that escalated through false identities, a host of cities, and plenty of close shaves, to an ultimate showdown with the Feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.


A Hacker Tells All

Kevin Mitnick grew up as an only child of divorced parents, moving frequently in the Los Angeles area. He was something of a loner, and his early pursuits included studying magic tricks and ham radio. It was also at the age of 17 that he had his first run-in with the authorities for his activities. Thus began a nearly year cat-and-mouse game with law enforcement that makes up much of the book. He also spent plenty of time making free calls on his hacked cellphone and going to the gym. As the authorities began to close in on him in , he created several false identities, and went on the run until he was finally nailed in February

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