Book Review

Ghost in the wires : my adventures as the world's most wanted hacker


From magic tricks and large-scale hacking, to new identities and exciting police chases, Kevin Mitnick's Ghost in the Wires gives the reader an in-depth look into the life and mind of one of the world's most wanted criminals.

Starting from his earliest days, Kevin Mitnick details how he went from a curious and very intelligent poor kid to a criminal mastermind wanted the world over. Drawing from legal documents as well as personal memory, Mitnick describes not only how hackers obtain their information but also tells of the injustice and shortcomings of both the educational and justice systems. Because of this, his story is not only relevant to tech experts and computer geeks but to the general public as well.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in technology or who is interested in learning how to better protect themselves against hacking attempts. The story is a compelling one, not because of the crimes the author committed, but because it reveals so many ways in which his life could have been drastically different if given the opportunity for positive use of his talents.

By Tiffany Collier
Submitted: August 2, 2012