42 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Good book, an honest story about three hackers,
This review is from: We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency (Hardcover)
This is a well researched book. It avoids all of the mistakes that many other books on hackers and Anonymous do, like stating that all people involved in Anonymous are hackers - for they are not. It focuses on a small group of individuals who definitely are hackers, and are part of the Anonymous internet subculture - and it beautifully details how they got started, what their motivations were and what happened in the time they were active, both before they got big, during their peak, and after their fall.
The book also shows a good understanding on the various ways in which hacking as actually done, talking about how both real black hat hackers work but also explaining the more common situations where internet netizens might find free software that automates their attacks. In doing so, Olson tells of the real hackers who herd around hordes of fans that support them and spread the news of their actions - and the subsequent moral dilemmas and drama that arise in situations where the members of the group have to make hard choices on how to continue their activities.
For those who understand nothing of programming the book helps by explaining difficult concepts when their introduced, but someone with basic knowledge of coding will have an easier time reading the book.
A must read for anyone who wants understand modern hackers - for they aren't just greedy criminals who want your social security and credit card numbers anymore - they're teenagers with a lot of spare time, idealistic views on freedom of speech, who just want to have fun - and woe betide the organizations or governments who would stop them, for then they become targets.