Mitnick manages to make breaking computer code sound as action-packed as robbing a bank.
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
Mr. Mitnick portrays himself as worth rooting for, a savvy master rodent in a cat-and-mouse game, grinning past his whiskers as he stole the cheese from under the nose of the helpless fat cats.
―Steven Levy, Wall Street Journal
A gripping story... Fascinating and filled with insights.
―Jesse Singal, Boston Globe
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
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
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.