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Publisher Description

In this "intriguing, insightful and extremely educational" novel, the world's most famous hacker teaches you easy cloaking and counter-measures for citizens and consumers in the age of Big Brother and Big Data (Frank W. Abagnale).

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies -- and no matter how fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. As the FBI's net finally began to tighten, Mitnick went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated game of hide-and-seek that escalated through false identities, a host of cities, and plenty of close shaves, to an ultimate showdown with the Feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.

Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escapes -- and a portrait of a visionary who forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, and forced companies to rethink the way they protect their most sensitive information.

"Mitnick manages to make breaking computer code sound as action-packed as robbing a bank." -- NPR

Computers & Internet
August 15
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

KDR98 ,

Good read but no responsibility taken

I found that the book was well written and very interesting. It had a great pace and an almost sympathetic lead character. In the long run I ended up wishing that Kevin would of taken more responsibility for his actions and admitted to the real damage he caused in violating the privacy of so many others so that he could get his thrills.

Qwonfu ,

Fast paced thriller

Wow! Ghost in the Wires reads like a action thriller. There was never a dull moment and I couldn't put it down.

DebsterSoCal ,

Ghost in the Wires

I found this book fascinating and a good read. The story telling kept me interested and never bored for a minute. At times, I forgot that I was reading a biographical account because the antics were incredible. I found myself at times angry with the manipulative methods Kevin used, and then sympathetic for him during his time behind bars (mostly because I used to work in the jails and know how awful it can be). The focus on "ethical hacking" is a good course to follow and nice message for our young readers.

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