Ghost in the Wires review

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted HackerGhost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is Kevin Mitnick telling his story. Mitnick is probably the world’s most infamous hacker, or at least he was until he was caught, served jail time, and reformed.

He’s an expert on social engineering, and he talks at length about the techniques he’d use. Reading the book, you can’t help but sympathize with his victims, and it’s easy to see how a friendly request for information for someone who sounds like a fellow employee can both sound entirely reasonable, but lead to a security breakdown.

The book was entertaining but a bit repetitive. Also, he only alludes to this, but it’s pretty clear he was addicting to hacking and having power, even if he never did any real damage.

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