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Ghost in the Wires

Ghost in the Wires

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Hachette Book Group USA
Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies--and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable. But for Kevin, hacking wasn't just about technological feats-it was an old fashioned confidence game that required guile and deception to trick the unwitting out of valuable information.Driven by a powerful urge to accomplish the impossible, Mitnick bypassed security systems and blazed into major organizations including Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Pacific Bell. But as the FBI's net began to tighten, Kevin went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated cat and mouse game that led through false identities, a host of cities, plenty of close shaves, and an ultimate showdown with the Feds, who would stop at nothi ... See more
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  1.  You don't need to be a techy to enjoy this one 16 September, 2013 On
    Ghost in the wires is a definitely not in the league of 'catch me if you can' but still keeps you engaged for the most part. Some part of the book are outright thrilling and page turners where you just want to know what happens next. The only true weakness the the narrative has repetitiveness. The fact that the protagonist was able to pull the same stunt on multiple people, multiple times, does not mean that it all needs to be described in detail every time. Having said that, some of the instances described in the book catch you in splits and some sections make you sit up and hold the protagonist in awe for his daring (and some times the apparent lack of sense).

    The end of the book is a bit abrupt in my opinion. This one definitely deserves a much better epilogue than what it has got. Overall, a good read in part because you do not have to be a techy to 'get' what is going on.
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