Synopses & Reviews
Kevin Mitnick, the world's most wanted computer hacker, managed to hack into some of the country's most powerful--and seemingly impenetrable--agencies and companies. By conning employees into giving him private information and maneuvering through layers of security, he gained access to data that no one else could. The suspenseful heart of the book unfolds as Mitnick disappears on a three-year run from the FBI. He creates fake identities, finds jobs at a law firm and hospital, and keeps tabs on his myriad pursuers--all while continuing to hack into computer systems and phone company switches that were considered flawless. ''Ghost in the Wires'' is a dramatic account of the joy of outsmarting security programs, the satisfaction of code cracking, and the thrill of unbelievable escape.
"One of the most renowned hackers in history, Kevin Mitnick retraces his life's course, from how he got into hacking to his feud with law enforcement and his eventual conversion into a computer security specialist. Ray Porter's narration is direct and has a determined edge that captures Mitnick's mindset as he hacks into computer systems despite the consequences. Porter's narration also contains a slight nasal tone that for good or for ill recalls the clichÃ© of a nerdy computer hacker. Throughout this audio edition, Porter keeps the story moving at an engaging pace, even during technical passages that may be unclear to a computer-hacking neophyte. However, each chapter in print begins with a ciphered sentence that readers can attempt to decode, which when spoken by the narrator proves incomprehensible and frustrating to listeners. A Little, Brown hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.