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Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier

AuthorSuelette Dreyfus Entered2001-01-19 08:58:25 by kente
Editedit data record FreedomCopyrighted, doesn't cost money to read, but otherwise not free (disclaimer)
SubjectP.Z - Fiction in English and juvenile belles lettres
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An intriuging exploration of the psychology of cracking
by Peter Eckersley (p d e (at) c s . m u . o z . a u) on 2002-09-16 02:01:27, review #199
better than 90%
better than 95%
This book recounts the adventures of a number of different crackers, most of whom "worked" in Australia in the 80s and early 90s.

Variously describing their exploits, their hubris and their downfall, the book paints a fascinating picture of the peculiarly alienated addiction which leads people to spend their days breaking into beige boxes, mainframes, and telephone systems all over the world.

The material is meticulously researched and eloquently presented. One finds oneself absorbing it with a compulsion which strangely mirrors that of its protagonists-- but, fortunately for the reader, the consequences are less dramatic. Excellent stuff.

(disclaimer - I may or may not have a "personal, professional, or business relationship" with the author :)

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