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by Kevin D. Mitnick

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Enjoyable, fast read. It included enough technical details to keep me interested. But, it did not overwhelm the reader with jargon to the extent that someone without a technical background would be lost. I only wish it was written a bit more recently. Perhaps a follow up will be released in the next few years? I look forward to reading other work by Kevin. ( )
  markgiannullo | Oct 21, 2013 |
Mildly interesting book about the exploits of hackers. Requires some networking knowledge to understand fully. Some of these stories are fairly old (using 386 processes in one story and when warez and torrenting sites were novelties in the other!) but most are still interesting. Social engineering aspects of the book are most interesting, and much of the advice is quite relevant. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
This author was recommended to me by a geek friend and after I did some research on Mitnick, I realised this was a guy I wanted to read. I was a bit amazed to read all the reviews who accused Mitnick of putting his ego all over the book. I didn't see any evidence of that at all. Yes he talks quite a bit about his own experiences in relation to what he is talking about in that chapter but that is to be expected. After all, he IS a convicted computer hacker! So he does have some knowledge in this area! Is this egotism? I don't think so. He is just giving us the benefit of his own experiences.

Where this book slightly falls down is that Mitnick makes it WAY too complicated and technical for people like me who are not that techie and geeky. So he talks about computer languages and hacking procedures that are just way too complicated to follow. So if you are not fluent in the lingo, you'll find yourself page flipping. This book is ideally for geeks and nerds who talk computer languages that normal people wouldn't even begin to comprehend! Not me unfortunately.

Nevertheless, this is a fascinating insight into the world of hacking and it is also frightening - it makes you realise how insecure a lot of computer systems are all over the world and how a teenager with a PC can easily gain access. Remember that the next time you're entering your password into your online banking. ( )
2 vote obsessedwithbooks | Mar 7, 2009 |
This is a very good book about one of my favorite famous hackers of all time (Kevin Mitnick) & he is now a well known legal computer security professional. ( )
  ghostaliaz | Mar 6, 2009 |
This is a highly intriguing read for any IT professional. An eye opener. ( )
1 vote Mike_Lane | Jan 26, 2009 |
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For Shelly Jaffe, Reba Cartanian, Chickie Leventhal, Mitchell Mitnick
For Darci and Briannah
And for the late Alan Mitnick, Adam Mitnick, Sydney Kramer, Jack Biello.
For Arynne, Victoria, Sheldon, and David, and for Vincent and Elena.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0471782661, Paperback)

Hacker extraordinaire Kevin Mitnick delivers the explosive encore to his bestselling The Art of Deception
Kevin Mitnick, the world's most celebrated hacker, now devotes his life to helping businesses and governments combat data thieves, cybervandals, and other malicious computer intruders. In his bestselling The Art of Deception, Mitnick presented fictionalized case studies that illustrated how savvy computer crackers use "social engineering" to compromise even the most technically secure computer systems. Now, in his new book, Mitnick goes one step further, offering hair-raising stories of real-life computer break-ins-and showing how the victims could have prevented them. Mitnick's reputation within the hacker community gave him unique credibility with the perpetrators of these crimes, who freely shared their stories with him-and whose exploits Mitnick now reveals in detail for the first time, including: A group of friends who won nearly a million dollars in Las Vegas by reverse-engineering slot machinesTwo teenagers who were persuaded by terrorists to hack into the Lockheed Martin computer systemsTwo convicts who joined forces to become hackers inside a Texas prisonA "Robin Hood" hacker who penetrated the computer systems of many prominent companies-andthen told them how he gained accessWith riveting "you are there" descriptions of real computer break-ins, indispensable tips on countermeasures security professionals need to implement now, and Mitnick's own acerbic commentary on the crimes he describes, this book is sure to reach a wide audience-and attract the attention of both law enforcement agencies and the media.

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"Four pals clean up in Vegas with a pocket-sized computer. A bored Canadian teen gains access to the wire transfers section of a major Southern bank. A couple of kids are recruited to hack into Lockheed Martin and the Defense Information System Network by a terrorist with ties to Osama bin Laden." "Kevin Mitnick, whose own exploits have made him a veritable hacker's hero, shares more than a dozen true stories of cyber-invasions - devilishly ingenious, highly effective schemes that kick up your pulse rate even as you marvel at their sheer audacity. Each is followed by Mitnick's expert analysis of how the attack could have been prevented. And he is uniquely qualified to recommend effective security measures. Both a legend in the hacker underworld and a general in the war on cybercrime, Kevin Mitnick holds the one weapon most likely to take down the intruder - intimate knowledge of the hacker's brilliant and tenacious mind."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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