Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker (Anglais) Broché – 24 avril 2012
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"Mitnick manages to make breaking computer code sound as action-packed as robbing a bank."―Rachel Syme, National Public Radio
"Ghost in the Wires reads like a contemporary über-geeky thriller.... For those interested in computer history, Ghost in the Wires is a nostalgia trip to the quaint old days before hacking (and hackers) turned so malicious and financially motivated."―J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times Book Review
"Intriguing, insightful and extremely educational into the mind of one who truly mastered the art of social engineering with the use of a computer and modern day technologies. I strongly believe that one can learn a great deal about protecting themselves once they understand how another one perpetrates the crime."―Frank W. Abagnale, author of Catch Me if You Can
"A gripping story.... Fascinating and filled with insights."―Jesse Singal, Boston Globe
"Reads like those of Frank Abagnale Jr. and Steven Jay Russell. But Mitnick's has a high-tech twist."―Booklist (starred review)
"It's the piquant human element that really animates this rollicking memoir of high-tech skullduggery....Mitnick's hacking narratives are lucid to neophytes and catnip to people who love code, but the book's heart is his 'social engineering' - his preternatural ability to schmooze and manipulate.....[a] nonstop caper."―Publishers Weekly
"Years ago, I helped put Kevin Mitnick in jail. I now see this made about as much sense as arresting Dean Martin for public drunkenness. Neither of them could stop themselves. Neither was doing any real harm. And, in both cases, watching them struggle with their obsessions was hugely entertaining. Kevin's book is certainly that. Terse and snappy, it reads like Raymond Chandler and provides detailed insight into a time in computer history that already seems quaint. Kevin Mitnick was and is a true Internet pioneer."―John Perry Barlow, cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Présentation de l'éditeur
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 nothing to bring him down.
Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escape, and a portrait of a visionary whose creativity, skills, and persistence forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, inspiring ripples that brought permanent changes in the way people and companies protect their most sensitive information.
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Si vous n'êtes pas technophile ou informaticien de formation, ce livre est quand même accessible : les auteurs ont pris soin d'expliquer simplement certains termes ou de simplifier certains détails, sans que cela en enlève au charme des histoires. Du coup, même si votre anglais (en particulier l'anglais technique lié aux télécommunications) est un peu rouillé, c'est un ouvrage accessible, et vous pourrez profiter d'une histoire de chasse à l'homme tout bonnement surprenante !
Cette simplification peut s'avérer frustrante dans le dernier tiers ou quart du livre pour les technophiles, si comme moi vous espériez de nombreux détails sur certains évènements. Le livre est complété par quelques photos en son milieu, qui sont assez jolies dans l'ensemble.
L'histoire est plutot sympa même si l'auteur fait preuve d'un égocentrisme insupportable : "tout petit déjà, j'étais plus intelligent que la moyenne"...
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I've read several of the negative comments written about this book, and I don't understand why these people read the book in the first place. They talk about not being able to sympathize, they judge Mitnick for taking advantage of people, they hate Mitnick for the way he exploited his mother and grandmother, they talk bad because they can't understand what drove Mitnick to continue to break into systems, they are irritated because of his cocky attitude. In my opinion, those reviews are more emotional than objective.
In common with the people who wrote negative reviews, I too felt bad for his mother, grandmother, friends, him, and everyone he ever used for his criminal activities. I too felt that he had plenty of opportunities to stop and get away clean. I too rolled my eyes when I read about how much smarter he was than everyone else, especially towards the end b/c it'd been ongoing throughout the book. But it's Kevin Mitnick - the social engineer hacker king - Interaction w/ people and mind-screwing most of them is expected, as is the manipulation of relationships in his favor!
My 5 stars because:
I like (auto)biographies, I am an IT professional, I enjoy narratives - this book was a perfect read for me. I could hardly put it down. It only took me a couple of weeks to read (light reading in evenings and heavier on weekends).
I was hooked from the beginning - opening word by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The book contains a few jaw-dropping moments as Mitnick explains how he infiltrated organizations and systems. It was engaging from cover to cover - reading of how he evaded capture, how he ran counter surveillance on the FBI, how he changed identities, and a whole lot more.
You'll enjoy this book if you:
- are an IT professional
- prefer reading crime-drama novels, autobiographies, or fugitive/on-the-run type novels
- can handle a subject without hating the subjects (can you appreciate genius in a person regardless of how they use their ability?)
This book was not written by an English professor so it technically isn't the most professional book but as a high school student I find that much more entertaining to read. This book is the story of Kevin Mitnick and how he went from a young smart boy to playing cat and mouse with the police all for the purpose of his own entertainment. He never hacked anyone's bank or stole any money he only hacked businesses and telephone company's purely for entertainment purposes. It's amazing to see all of the loop holes this guy went through and all of the great ideas he had.
I would definitely recommend this to people at least high school level. It's a very entertaining book that's not too hard to read and holds your interest. It gives you a sort of scary feeling thinking about the kinds of things hackers can do. The story ends on a good note you'll just have to read to find out for yourself.
The big picture of the book is an interesting one, but the author does not succeed in telling the story as well as it could have been told. Nonetheless, anyone interested in technology will find the stories interesting and intriguing.
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