Ghost in the Wires

Ghost in the Wires Summary

In this "intriguing, insightful and extremely educational" novel, the world's most famous hacker teaches you easy cloaking and counter-measures for citizens and consumers in the age of Big Brother and Big Data (Frank W. Abagnale).

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.

Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escapes -- and a portrait of a visionary who forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, and forced companies to rethink the way they protect their most sensitive information.

"Mitnick manages to make breaking computer code sound as action-packed as robbing a bank." -- NPR

Book Reviews


Must Read for any IT Professional5 star

An engaging story about not only one mans run from the law but a literal history of the evolution of communication systems and the advent of the internet as we know it today. Recommend to techies and true crime fans alike55


Info Security5 star

The book was very entertaining as well as being a source of information and learning. And it is a good reference to have around.55


Excellet5 star

The storyline is engaging and takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes journey of Kevin’s thoughts and situations. Loved it!55

O Keeys

Extracurricular Adventure5 star

An elusive entertainment extravaganza filled with adrenaline connections that qualify an individual who navigates the Internet before the time, into the time, and after the time that corporations began accelerating their ventures. Safety precautions took from K.Mitnick are put into reversal to figure ins’ and outs’ for layers of data. This story is a must read as I take all of his books are. For more I seek to continue a journey teaching me how to learn from others’ trials and errors of the vast world of social engineering. Thanks for the insight, this memoir was also a disguise of a possible bot turned human but then again that could be a twist into production.55


Great book that opens your eyes to the power of technology4 star

Great book, Takes you through the life of a hacker who does some amazing things45


A great book about the rise and fall of a personal hero5 star

I love this book. It is very well written and makes me feel like I am in the middle of an action thriller! Kevin is a hero to me and I couldn't put this book down. I am writing this review as I am about to venture into the book a second time!55

Aaron Dowd

This was amazing5 star

I can’t recommend this book enough. Entertaining, insightful, eye-opening. Couldn’t stop reading.55


Must Read!5 star

This is my favorite book, it keeps your attention and pulls you in like no other book I've read. You follow Kevin through his journey and begin to feel and experience the emotions expressed in crime novels from an entirely different perspective. You won't regret reading this book.55


Great read! Highly recommend5 star

Great read for even un-computer savvy folks like myself. Being in my 20's, I had no idea any of this was going on... The book was fast-paced, well told, and intelligently written. Thanks Kevin and Bill for the time and effort in putting this together. I'll be looking forward to reading what you come out with in the future!55


Great book5 star

The other reviews say perfectly what I think of this book. A must read!55

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