Ghost in the Wires - Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon & Steve Wozniak

Ghost in the Wires

By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon & Steve Wozniak

  • Release Date: 2011-08-15
  • Genre: Computers
Score: 4.5
From 499 Ratings


The thrilling memoir of the world's most wanted computer hacker

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

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.


  • A great book about the rise and fall of a personal hero

    By MJ.Gilbert
    I love this book. It is very well written and makes me feel like I am in the middle of an action thriller! Kevin is a hero to me and I couldn't put this book down. I am writing this review as I am about to venture into the book a second time!
  • This was amazing

    By Aaron Dowd
    I can’t recommend this book enough. Entertaining, insightful, eye-opening. Couldn’t stop reading.
  • Must Read!

    By *insertcatchynicknamehere*
    This is my favorite book, it keeps your attention and pulls you in like no other book I've read. You follow Kevin through his journey and begin to feel and experience the emotions expressed in crime novels from an entirely different perspective. You won't regret reading this book.
  • Great read! Highly recommend

    By angrybrdyguy
    Great read for even un-computer savvy folks like myself. Being in my 20's, I had no idea any of this was going on... The book was fast-paced, well told, and intelligently written. Thanks Kevin and Bill for the time and effort in putting this together. I'll be looking forward to reading what you come out with in the future!
  • Great book

    By Frashure11
    The other reviews say perfectly what I think of this book. A must read!
  • Ghost in the Wires

    By arey7238
    Excellent book.
  • really good book

    By Ford guy4.6
    this book was great
  • greyfromtown108

    By greyfromtown108
  • Awesome

    By Peanu keys
    Best book i have ever read.
  • Ghost in the Wires

    By DeborahJo
    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.