Set against this backdrop, two rival gangs--The Legion of Doom and The Masters of Deception--are about to go to war. What sounds like a clash of comic-book supervillains is actually a feud between factions of teenagers, fueled by misunderstandings and adolescent testosterone. The events leading up to the conflict and its climax are riveting and fun. The book features great depictions of some of the earliest celebrities of hackerdom, including Acid Phreak and Phiber Optik, as well as tales of their exploits and rivalries. Slatalla and Quittner do a great job of portraying the principals as both the powerful cyberspace masters they want to be and the scared, emotional young men they really are.
There is also a nostalgic attraction at work in Masters of Deception. Anyone who remembers their first Commie 64 or TRS-80 will long for those golden days and be thankful that they were elsewhere when the Secret Service came calling.
Well written with good access. Like most of this genre occasionally hard to keep track of the large cast of characters but informative on the events and motivations of MOD and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by daniel punton
Fantastic book! Such an excellent writer that conveys the excitement and fears that went on during this time in history. Can't put this book down for the life of me! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Matthew W.
Masters of Deception is a description of the "great Hacker wars" between two rival hacker gangs Legion of Doom (LOD) and Masters of Deception (MOD). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bas Vodde
It's 1989, and while personal computers have been around for a few years, their full potential is still largely untapped. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Steven Brandt @ Audiobook-Heaven
Read this in high school and it was one of several books that sparked my interest in the world of computers and IT security. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by U2pop
Masters of Deception (MOD) by Michelle Slatella and Joshua Quittner tells the tale of the self-proclaimed Masters of Deception, a phone phreaking and proto-computer hacker crew... Read morePublished on May 16, 2010 by Richard Bejtlich
At 225 pages you can breeze through it rather quickly, enjoying a fascinating look at young people with the commitment, energy and intelligence it took to hack and learn new... Read morePublished on September 24, 2006 by Hubert Anglade
Actually this is a great book about the hacker sub-culture, indeed one of the bests I have ever read. Read morePublished on June 28, 2006 by Julio C. Fort
This is not a book about hackers; it's a book about some specific hackers who happen to come after much of the action was concluded. Read morePublished on November 7, 2005 by C. Blanc