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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Case study of a kid who pushed the limits

Better than Grisham because it's true. For some of us Silicon Valley natives, Kevin Mitnick has been as captivating as Howard Hughes was for a previous generation. He was an iconoclastic rebel, whose victims were monolithic corporations like the phone company, attacked ...
Better than Grisham because it's true. For some of us Silicon Valley natives, Kevin Mitnick has been as captivating as Howard Hughes was for a previous generation. He was an iconoclastic rebel, whose victims were monolithic corporations like the phone company, attacked via their guileless front office people. Because the law didn't understand his crimes, the damages were inflated and his criminal sentence was wildly out of proportion to the actual harm done. However his arrest did stop what was an escalating trajectory of criminal behavior. So although what he was punished for was out of synch with the actual damages, had he gone unchecked the harm could eventually have matched the government's claims.
But what I find interesting is the author's voice: the lack of remorse, the gleeful retelling of malicious tricks upon others. Read this side by side with Catch Me If You Can and you get a fantastic case study of antisocial personalities who manipulate others for the game, whose narcissism leads them to believe that others are stupid for having faith in them. Fascinating.

posted by TeresaHeinrich on August 14, 2011

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

It should say 'people hacker' not 'computer hacker'

It is what it is: story after story after story of Kevin hacking or manipulating someone to get at whatever his arbitrary goal happened to be that day. Maybe I just don't have a great deal of respect for hackers in general but after the 200 pages of 'Ghost in the Wire...
It is what it is: story after story after story of Kevin hacking or manipulating someone to get at whatever his arbitrary goal happened to be that day. Maybe I just don't have a great deal of respect for hackers in general but after the 200 pages of 'Ghost in the Wires' I was already ready to move on only to find I was just half way through.

I expected it to be more computer-centric but in fact, a majority of his hacking seems to be schmoozing someone at the telephone company or DMV to give him information.

The book was well enough written but it left a sour opinion of Kevin for me. Taking advantage of people. Stealing. Lying. There's nothing to be proud of here.

The only great thing is at the end of it all, Kevin uses his skills to help companies become more secure.

posted by 9354415 on October 6, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    STUPID

    GANGNAM STYLE WAS BETTER

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

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    This is horrible
    You freaking scared my kids and why would they be on my nook? Well because they to read this is horrible dont ever by this aandd waaaaaste ur money that is not cool well yeah your a FOOL ur book sucks and it made me rrate atleast one star stupid nook you give my kids nightmares u gue
    Well anyways now my kids are scared to even read...dummy


    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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