- 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: #2,760,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness, and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier Paperback – June 6, 1997
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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.Read more ›
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".