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By A Customer
This review is from: The Happy Hacker: A Guide to (Mostly) Harmless Computer Hacking (Paperback)
This book sucks, it is really, really bad. As a computer security expert, I can assure you that only the most blatantly incompetent idiots would leave their systems in a situation whereby some of the lame ploys outlined in the book could work. Even telnet "hack my box" banners pale by comparison.
Furthermore, the "knowledge" the author presents is superficical at best and outright flawed sometimes; clearly she (or whoever her equally incompetent shadow writer may be) has no understanding whatsoever of the underlying workings of UNIX System V and even the windows "hacks" presented are little more than trivial. This woman is a DOS user, and you can smell the stink of a dos untermenschen a mile off.
I bought this book in a state of panic, thinking that some irresponsible idiot had opened pandora's box and was encouraging innocent kids to run riot with potentially dangerous info. I was wrong, and now I sleep nights knowing that there are morons out there that bought this trash. If that is the average intellect of hackers out there these days, then there is no reason to be worried.
The author says she was at the centre of a hacking war, I think she was probably the victim of self-delusion.