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Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness, and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier Paperback – June 6, 1997


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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin Australia (June 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863305955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863305952
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mumford on September 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book provides a great overview of a number of computer intrusion incidents and links them throught not only the technical nature of the activity but the persons behind them. UNDERGROUND provides an excellent overview of intrustion activities focusing on the UK, Australia, and the United States. It covers the late 80's to the early nineties with stories on incidents such as the WANK Worm outbreak and 8lgm's activities. The stand out attribute of this book is that it examines what happened to the intruders after their activity rather than focusing on the activity itself. It also examines the interrelationships between intruders worldwide giving some insight into how the culture allows for several key persons to be involved in or have siginficant knowledge of many different activities. A must have to include in your library along with other staples such as Cuckoo's Egg, Masters of Deception, Fugitive Game, and Hacker Crackdown. However, like the other books noted, there are apt to be a few points that persons will take exception too with regard to accuracy.
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Suelette Dreyfus takes readers through some of the most interesting and consequential cases of mischief from the golden age of computer hacking in "Underground: Hacking, Madness, and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier", aided by her researcher Julian Assange, now of Wikileaks fame. She follows the cases of about a dozen elite hackers from Australia, Great Britain, and the United States, concentrating on her native Australia, during the period 1989-1991, when law enforcement on three continents cracked down on hacking and legislatures responded with the first anti-hacking laws.

By way of introduction, "Underground" recounts the story of the WANK worm that invaded NASA and the US Department of Energy's systems in October 1989, which was traced back to an unknown source in Australia. Dreyfus introduces us to Melbourne's bulletin board communities, where Australia's most resourceful and daring hackers congregated in the days before commercial internet. Then it is on to the stories of the hackers, through whom we view the camaraderie and rifts within that community, the investigations from which anti-hacking laws were developed, the personalities, struggles with obsession and madness, and nail-biting suspense of the hacking itself.

"Underground" is a page-turner, whether its subjects are evading authorities or staring at their monitors in anticipation of whatever holy grail they seek in cyberspace. There is the saga of Par, an American on the run from the Secret Service for 2 years before he ended up in the grip of an apparently schizophrenic serial killer in Riker's Island. Who said nerds don't see any action? In the UK, Pad and Gandalf served as test cases for the Computer Misuse Act of 1990.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on December 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
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BBC quote: "He (Julian Assange) then spent three years working with an academic, Suelette Dreyfus, who was researching the emerging, subversive side of the internet, writing a book with her, Underground, that became a bestseller in the computing fraternity.

"Ms Dreyfus described Mr Assange as a "very skilled researcher" who was "quite interested in the concept of ethics, concepts of justice, what governments should and shouldn't do".
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