Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
Level: All levels
Now one could argue if this fits in the category of Hacking Books or not, but for me it definitely does. Ghost in the Wires is a book by one of the most well-known hackers there ever was: Kevin Mitnick. So, why would I recommend this book? Because it is a Hacking Book by definition. This book tells the real story of Kevin Mitnick, a computer Hacker that had his prime between the years 1979 and 1995, where he finally got arrested by the FBI after being on the run for several years.
Kevin hacked his first computer system at the age of 16, from there on out, there was no way back. This book does very well in explaining how a Hacker’s mind works and what drives them. It gives you an in-depth look into the Hacker’s mindset, and that is exactly why I found this book to be extremely valuable. I don’t know how much exaggeration is going in this book from Kevin’s side, but most of the stories he tells seem to be pretty legit and in the realm of possibility, especially because many of them were confirmed either by the Fed’s or by his former friends/foes.
I indulged this book in no time, I had so much fun reading it that I blazed through it within a week, which is very unusual for me.
That being said, don’t only focus on learning, focus on fun as well, and this book definitely is fun! A must-read for every wannabe Hacker!
By the way, Kevin works as a very successful security consultant since the year 2000, he consults Fortune 500 companies and… the FBI(lol). So you can see, he has grown up and works as an ethical hacker now. He also published a couple of other books on stuff like Social Engineering and how to stay safe on the Internet. I won’t list them here because I haven’t read them yet, but you find them in my Amazon Store.