- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670067482
- ISBN-13: 978-0670067480
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While I understand the lure of power and being able to do something no one else (or very few) can do, Mr. Calce broke the law, and he deserved all he got. Although he cautions others against following in his footsteps as the end result is not worth the brief intoxication of power, my respect falls on the side of the RCMP and FBI agents who put an end to Mafiaboy's thoughtless attacks. I do not feel that his inclusion of very basic internet security information in any way redeems the millions of dollars in damage and lost time he caused.
I freely admit to harbouring ill-feelings towards script-kiddies and bot herders - feelings developed through firsthand experiences as our own network fell victim to botnet DDoS attacks. That said, I tried to not let that experience influence my opinion of this book, and I think that for the most part I succeeded. I was able to read this book more from an educated point of view in regards to internet and network security rather than as a neophyte. However, try as I might, I found very few redeeming qualities in Mafiaboy.Read more ›
I think he just wrote this because nobody wants to hire him, and he wanted to make money off of other people's accomplishments. What's sad is he made money off the following people:
.. And countless others. By attacking all of those sites, he initially was the result of many people just giving it up (ie: phifli, dreamwalk, myself) because he attracted unwanted attention to the scene. I'm pretty sure Mshadow was the one who leaked the logs of him attacking the sites to the RCMP/FBI and that's what got him busted. There is much hatred towards him for this book, him attacking corporate companies. I showed this book to someone who was around at the same and his jaw dropped as the BS that is in this book.
Also, the media portrays MB as some superhacker. HAH. Far from it, he's a victim of the public's stupidity.
Mafiaboy relates a teenager's quest for power online as the rest of his life falls apart, and how the reality of his actions came crashing down on him with the full force of the law. We get an intimate glimpse into the chaotic blend of confusion, bravado, fright, and enthusiasm that resided in him. Silverman's prose is simple and clear, faithful to the speech and logic of a nerdy kid.