Wang's stated goal is to open the reader's eyes about what's really there. He shows what's being done, how it's being done, and how to avoid problems or even strike back. He begins with a chapter about the news media, and his message is that no source is to be trusted completely. He examines issues important to Internet users: the cost of getting computerized (with tips on how to find the real bargains), who is using the Internet as a source of hate information, and how your privacy can be invaded and protected.
He shows you the secrets of malicious hackers and others and how some of them attack computer systems without the ethical mindset typical of the original, idealistic hackers. Wang shows you how you can set up your defenses against such an onslaught, discussing how to protect yourself and your kids from online stalkers and how online con games work.
Wang never claims that the Internet is the electronic den of darkness that the pop media make it out to be. But he makes it clear that something this big has its lowlights--it's own "net noir." His messages are "know your enemy" and "be careful who you trust," an ideology verified by the examples he provides. --Elizabeth Lewis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
this book opened my view of hacking and security to the point at witch I wanted to learn more about it.Published 11 months ago by Ben Burger
great- very resourceful. The book has lots of great websites which provide a connection to many useful resources. Well worth the moneyPublished 12 months ago by Ellick L.Ruffin
If you trim the fat, there is a lot of excellent content here for a noob/intermediate security prof. Put it on your bookshelf because it looks cool, as well.Published 17 months ago by jordan
A bit outdated already, but what book isn't trying to keep up with security systems etc. on todays computer systems. Read morePublished 20 months ago by James H. Cavanaugh
Great book, very interesting to read. Stories are informative and insightful. I only wish it came in hard cover. CD included has many great tools.Published 20 months ago by Nathan Simeon
Lots of negative reviews, and I must admit I write this to counterbalance them.
I agree it's outdated, in fact the theme of the book as a whole is outdated: Do you want a book... Read more
If you enjoyed the movie The Matrix, or simply find yourself often questioning how and why things work the way they do, you'll get some value out of this book. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Akweli Parker
Maybe not for IT pros, but for the rest who want to know where the alligators hide, there's some useful stuff.Published on May 19, 2010 by Lauri A. Heikkila
This book doesn't just explain how hacking works, it explains the motives behind hackers and the history of hacking. Read morePublished on November 6, 2009 by Michael J. Duda