Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick


Title: Ghost in the Wires

Author: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon

Steve Wozniak Wrote,

I met Kevin Mitnick for the first time in 2001, during the filming of a Discovery Channel documentary called The History of Hacking, and we continued the contact. Two years later, I flew to Pittsburgh to introduce him for a talk he was giving at Carnegie Mellon University, where I was dumbfounded to hear his hacking history.

He broke into corporate computers but didn’t destroy files, and he didn’t use or sell credit card numbers he had access to. He took software but never sold any of it. He was hacking just for the fun of it, just for the challenge.

In his speech, Kevin spelled out in detail the incredible story of how he had cracked the case of the FBI operation against him. Kevin penetrated the whole operation, discovering that a new hacker “friend” was really an FBI snitch, learning the names and home addresses of the entire FBI team working his case, even listening in on the phone calls and voicemails of people trying to gather evidence against him.

An alarm system he had set up alerted him when the FBI was preparing to raid him. When the producers of the TV show Screen Savers invited Kevin and me to host an episode, they asked me to demonstrate a new electronic device that was just then coming onto the consumer market: the GPS.

I was supposed to drive around while they tracked my car. On the air, they displayed a map of the seemingly random route I had driven. It spelled out a message:

You’re about to start, as you absorb the incredible, almost unbelievable tale of Kevin Mitnick’s life and exploits.

Some other great books by Kevin Mitnick

The Art of Deception

The Art of Intrusion

The Art of Invisibility