The Fugitive Game: Online with Kevin Mitnickby Jonathan Littman
Kevin David Mitnick was cyberspace's most wanted hacker. Mitnick could launch missiles or cripple the world's financial markets with a single phone call - or so went the myth. The FBI, phone companies, bounty hunters, even fellow hackers pursued him over the Internet and through cellular airways. But while Mitnick's alleged crimes have been widely publicized, his
Kevin David Mitnick was cyberspace's most wanted hacker. Mitnick could launch missiles or cripple the world's financial markets with a single phone call - or so went the myth. The FBI, phone companies, bounty hunters, even fellow hackers pursued him over the Internet and through cellular airways. But while Mitnick's alleged crimes have been widely publicized, his story has never been told. Now Jonathan Littman takes us into the mind of a serial hacker. Drawing on over fifty hours of telephone conversations with Mitnick on the run, Littman reveals Mitnick's double life; his narrow escapes; his new identities, complete with college degrees of his choosing; his hacking techniques and mastery of "social engineering"; his obsession with revenge.
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Stunning feat of research and clear writing, laying bare the wheels-within-wheels world of paranoid genius hacking. What sets this fast-paced thriller apart is Littman's own X-ray antenna for the hype and shadowy agendas of others. Comic relief - alone worth the price of the book - provided by Tartuffe-like appearances of one John Markoff, a 'natural' Uriah Heep among the reptile sub-division of reporters. Littman nails him bang to rights in a brilliant, oft hilarious portrayal of self-serving oiliness wending slug-like through the pages.
This is a great book to read when your doin' a report or something like that. I enjoy it very much. I would give it 10 starts but 10 starts is anot an option. It tels you how Kevin got cought when hacking a person on the other end.
This book introduces you into a world only hackers once understood. Media has convinced the public hackers are pure evil and can do anything they want from stealing credit cards to launching military ICBM's. This is exactly what the government wants you to think so there is no objection to the harsh treatment hackers receive when caught. Littman shows hackers are people too and like all other people have both morals and desires. Kevin Mitnick is portrayed as someone who wouldn't take money from the floor knowing who's it was. He could have been a millionaire in a few hours if he wanted but was looking for a job and living in a cheap apartment. Littman's writing is a little awkward at first. When he writes his story many times he jumps forward to explain connections between events instead of waiting later and going back. The writing is never continuous for more than a few pages due to this and common splits in the chapters. Overall this is a worthwhile read and not necessarily tuned for technogeeks. No prior knowledge is required and none is assumed. The story does clear up some common misunderstandings in hackers and the Internet that can be useful to all people, definitely a full utilization of the first amendment.
This book is probably the best account of Kevin Mitnik and his exploits. While some people say that Littman was biased in his writing of this book, I had a hard time spotting it. I especially liked his coverage of the lengths that the Telco cops went to in order to capture Mitnik. This is a good book to read on a rainy day.
This was a very interesting book, and movie, about the life and times of Kevin Mitnick. The movie details a great description of the things that Kevin Mitnick was able to do, and the people that he was able to mess with. The representation of Shimomura as some kind of hero samurai was disgusting. Never have I heard someone talk himself up so much in my entire life. It's disgusting. To be honest I know this book would have been a lot better of written by Kevin himself.