The Art of Deception

  • by Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by Nick Sullivan
  • 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security. Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide. Now, in The Art of Deception, the world's most notorious hacker gives new meaning to the old adage, "It takes a thief to catch a thief." Focusing on the human factors involved with information security, Mitnick explains why all the firewalls and encryption protocols in the world will never be enough to stop a savvy grifter intent on rifling a corporate database or an irate employee determined to crash a system. With the help of many fascinating true stories of successful attacks on business and government, he illustrates just how susceptible even the most locked-down information systems are to a slick con artist impersonating an IRS agent. Narrating from the points of view of both the attacker and the victims, he explains why each attack was so successful and how it could have been prevented in an engaging and highly readable style reminiscent of a true-crime novel. And, perhaps most importantly, Mitnick offers advice for preventing these types of social engineering hacks through security protocols, training programs, and manuals that address the human element of security.

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Poor Narrator - ZZZZZzzzzzzz!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is the first book I have ever stopped listening to before finishing. The narrator was just soooo boring - it was like he was reading a text book.


Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin Mitnick? Why or why not?

I did read his other book Ghost in the Wires and it was fantastic - in fact that's the reason I decided to buy this book.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was very, very monotone and boring. No excitement or inflection in his voice at points where there clearly should have been.


Did The Art of Deception inspire you to do anything?

Yes - listen to a different book - any other book.


Any additional comments?

It's too bad they didn't use the same narrator from Ghost in the Wires - that narrator really had Mitnick down pat.

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- Mike

memory lane

This book is a fun read (listen) with story after story mostly about how people get tricked into giving up passwords or dial up modem numbers. Some of the tricks would still work, but most would not in modern enterprises. This book does not come close to fully describing a modern threat landscape. I work in InfoSec, and found this to be an excellent history lesson, with a few instances and situations where the human element of security threats still exist, such as the types of scams run to gain physical access.
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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios