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Ghost In The Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker (2011)





Ghost In The Wires is about one of the craziest, insane reads I have ever come across. Boy, was this a fun ride from start to finish. I originally came across this book while watching The Colbert Report and Kevin Mitnick was on the show promoting the book and when Stephen Colbert ask him about why he was thrown into solitary confinement when he went to prison and Kevin responded with "...the defense argued with the Court Judge that I could start a nuclear war simply by calling into NORAD and whistling the code." I KNEW I had to read this.

So, did it live up to what I was expecting? Oh hell yeah! It's everything and more, plus the kitchen sink too. I swear, I was reading this fast and furious and I could not put the book down at all. At 400 pages, I went through this pretty fast. The entire time I was reading it, I was picturing this as a thriller, a movie that is sure to happen. I can guarantee you that it will become a feature length film down the road. Contrary to popular belief, WarGames was not based on his life as a hacker, even though the similarities are there and that was the first thing that kept coming to my mind as I read the book.

There as some pretty wild stuff inside, like how Mitnick was able to elude the FBI, CIA and every known Government Agency simply by hacking into their phone lines and frequencies and setting up an alert for when they were closing in on him and it worked....for 3 years. Crazy.

One of the best cat and mouse games in the book occurs when he meets up with a "world renowned" hacker by the name of "Eric Heinz", only to find out that he is in fact an FBI Snitch looking to take down Kevin. But it's the ensuing invesigation into Eric's background that truly leaves you spellbound in the ease in which he takes apart everything the FBI worked so hard to put together. He literally makes it look like a hot knife through butter. That easy. Just...wow.

Along with all this high octane thrill rides, there were some pretty funny pranks that he pulled like the McDonald Hack where Kevin is able to hack into the Drive-In Speaker box from across the street and watch the hilarity ensue with drivers pulling up to place their orders. Love the scene when a Cop drove up to the speaker box to place his order and Kevin at the other end of the radio frequency tells him they "don't serve cops and he will have to go to Jack In The Box"

The other funny one was when he tells this chick that if she shows her titties, her Big Mac was free, only to enrage her to the point of turning off her car, grabbing a baseball bat from the car trunk and heading inside the resturant. Priceless!! The rumor about Kristy McNichol was pretty funny too.

This is a definite Buy. I can't wait to read this again....and see the movie when it happens.
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Sounds like a pretty interesting read
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Sounds like a pretty interesting read

You mouth will hit da floor. I'm not down with hacking because anyone can become a victim. But because Mitnick's only objective was just to bypass security, kind of like a sport where is is matching wits with the other people on the other side, I was able to just sit back in awe in how easy it made it look. When he kept one upping the FBI, I couldn't help but crack a smile

Go get this book from the Library ASAP!
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I almost said **** this after watching the 60 minute report. I'm glad I watched it to the end.

Hackers are complete scum and really, he was a scum. I think his attitude was scum and today I think many hackers today retain his old mindset. They are not doing wrong. It's a challenge... addiction, and it makes many other folks life miserable... for what.

But I see how he changed his way... and that's a good thing. But still, I came very close to saying **** it... because of principle.

I'll look for it at the library
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Yeah, watching the 60 Minute Interview he does come off as a douche. But in the book he never came off that way at all. It was actually quite startling to watch him talk after reading the book. My initial reaction was the same as yours.
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