Hacker extraordinaire Kevin Mitnick delivers the explosiveencore to his bestselling The Art of Deception
Kevin Mitnick, the world's most celebrated hacker, now devotes hislife to helping businesses and governments combat data thieves,cybervandals, and other malicious computer intruders. In hisbestselling The Art of Deception, Mitnick presented fictionalizedcase studies that illustrated how savvy computer crackers use"social engineering" to compromise even the most technically securecomputer systems. Now, in his new book, Mitnick goes one stepfurther, offering hair-raising stories of real-life computerbreak-ins-and showing how the victims could have prevented them.Mitnick's reputation within the hacker community gave him uniquecredibility with the perpetrators of these crimes, who freelyshared their stories with him-and whose exploits Mitnick nowreveals in detail for the first time, including:
- A group of friends who won nearly a million dollars in LasVegas by reverse-engineering slot machines
- Two teenagers who were persuaded by terrorists to hack into theLockheed Martin computer systems
- Two convicts who joined forces to become hackers inside a Texasprison
- A "Robin Hood" hacker who penetrated the computer systems ofmany prominent companies-andthen told them how he gainedaccess
With riveting "you are there" descriptions of real computerbreak-ins, indispensable tips on countermeasures securityprofessionals need to implement now, and Mitnick's own acerbiccommentary on the crimes he describes, this book is sure to reach awide audience-and attract the attention of both law enforcementagencies and the media.