Ghost in the Wires

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  • Copyright: 4/24/2012
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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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 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.

Author Biography

Kevin Mitnick, the world's most famous (former) hacker, is now a security consultant. He is the author, with William L. Simon, of the bestselling books The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion. He lives in Las Vegas.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Prologuep. xv
The Making of a Hacker
Rough Startp. 3
Just Visitingp. 7
Original Sinp. 20
Escape Artistp. 34
All Your Phone Lines Belong to Mep. 44
Will Hack for Lovep. 53
Hitched in Hastep. 62
Lex Luthorp. 72
The Kevin Mitnick Discount Planp. 94
Mystery Hackerp. 102
Foul Playp. 111
You Can Never Hidep. 116
The Wiretapperp. 126
You Tap Me, I Tap Youp. 131
"How the Fuck Did You Get That?"p. 143
Crashing Eric's Private Partyp. 149
Pulling Back the Curtainp. 153
Traffic Analysisp. 163
Revelationsp. 169
Reverse Stingp. 174
Cat and Mousep. 187
Detective Workp. 187
Raidedp. 198
Vanishing Actp. 206
On the Run
Harry Houdinip. 217
Private Investigatorp. 226
Here Comes the Sunp. 237
Trophy Hunterp. 249
Departurep. 264
Blindsidedp. 280
Eyes in the Skyp. 289
Sleepless in Seattlep. 306
An End and a Beginning
Hacking the Samuraip. 323
Hiding in the Bible Beltp. 331
Game Overp. 347
An FBI Valentinep. 354
Winning the Scapegoat Sweepstakesp. 362
Aftermath: A Reversal of Fortunep. 384
Acknowledgmentsp. 395
Indexp. 402
Reading Group Guidep. 415
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