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Unmasked [Kindle Edition]

Peter Bright , Nate Anderson , Jacqui Cheng , Eric Bangeman , Aurich Lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Anonymous got lucky. When five of its hackers attacked security company HBGary Federal on February 6, 2011, they were doing so in order to defend the group’s privacy. It wasn’t because they hoped to reveal plans to attack WikiLeaks, create surveillance cells targeting pro-union organizations, and sell sophisticated rootkits to the US government for use as offensive cyber weapons—but that’s what they found.

In the weeks after the attack, the hackers released tens of thousands of e-mail messages and made headlines around the world. Aaron Bar, the CEO of HBGary Federal, eventually resigned; 12 Congressman called for an investigation; an ethics complaint was lodged against a major DC law firm involved with some of the more dubious plans.

Join Ars' editors as they dig into the secret world of Anonymous and hackers for hire in Unmasked.

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  • File Size: 1822 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TCLKK4
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Reporting - A Must Read! March 25, 2011
By Scott T
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of the most impressive pieces of journalism I've read in as long as I can remember. The story is fascinating and the Ars team does a wonderful job of presenting it. I would call it my favorite cyber thriller / spy novel, but (unfortunately) it happens to be true... which is terrifying.

I also found the level of depth to be perfect. Although I am only slightly more technologically knowledgeable than average (at least in my opinion), the two articles that detailed Anon's and HBGary's various "hacking" methodologies were both easy to follow and very enlightening. Before I was even halfway finished reading, I decided it was time to finally get a password manager and change all my passwords to very long, secure, strings of nonsense.

If this book doesn't become the basis for a movie script within the next year, I will eat my hat! Well done, Ars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Journalism March 23, 2011
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ArsTechnica does a fantastic job of chronicling the Anonymous/HBGary saga over the course of a number of articles. Every piece is well written, detailed, and informative. If you have any interest in the impact an anonymous collection of individuals can have, or the types of organizations the US government contracts with, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good write-up, lots of repeat info April 14, 2011
By Spencer
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I followed along with the Anon attacks while they were happening so most of this book was review for me. It is simply a collection of all the Ars articles pertaining to the HBGary Federal fiasco. Some of the articles overlap a lot and you will find yourself covering the same material, but each author has a unique viewpoint which makes the entire book a good read.
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