Review of Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon with Foreward by Steve Wozniak
(Little, Brown & Co.; 432 pages; $25)
Tech Enthusiasts and Hackers get ready because Kevin Mitnick's memoir Ghost in the Wires will start selling next month.
I had an opportunity to read an advance copy of Mitnick's new book and was impressed with his ability to use literary magic to put me in his shoes if only for a short moment.
In the book Mitnick will take you from his experience growing up in Southern California where he manipulated the public transit system for his own enjoyment to his technological exploits and mastery of social engineering as he is pursued by Federal Agents.
As Mitnick writes in his skillfully told “Ghost in the Wires: “I phone my mom at home. No time for our “go to a casino” arrangement. “I'm in Raleigh, North Carolina,” I tell her. “The FBI is out the door. I don't know where they'll take me.”
You will feel a sense of what it was like for Kevin Mitnick when he fought his legal battle and come to realize why the “Free Kevin” movement started and you will get to know some of the people Kevin has come to call friends and perhaps even a few enemies.
Kevin Mitnick gives the world the final puzzle to his life which is truth in what really happened. Hollywood and other fame seekers have seemed to exaggerate the tale but in Mitnick's account he gives a humble and honest account of how events played out.
For those who seek a better understanding into how curiosity drives people to hack, and social engineer this is a book that is worth the read.
Ghost in the Wires is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be available in bookstores on August 15th.