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To many who knew him, there was nothing odd about him. He was a normal kid...

On February 7, 2000, Yahoo.com was the first victim of the biggest distributed denial-of-service attack ever to hit the Internet. On May 8th, Buy.com was battling a massive denial-of-service attack. Later that afternoon, eBay.com also reported significant outages of service, as did Amazon.com. Then CNN's global online news operation started to grind to a crawl. By the following day, Datek and E-Trade entered crisis mode...all thanks to an ordinary fourteen-year-old kid.

Friends and neighbors were shocked to learn that the skinny, dark-haired, boy next door who loved playing basketball--almost as much as he loved computers--would cause millions of dollars worth of damage on the Internet and capture the attention of the online world--and the federal government. He was known online as "Mafiaboy" and, to the FBI, as the most notorious teenage hacker of all time. He did it all from his bedroom PC. And he's not alone.

Computer hacking and Web site defacement has become a national pastime for America's teenagers, and according to the stories you'll read about in The Hacker Diaries--it is only the beginning. But who exactly are these kids and what motivates a hacker to strike? Why do average teenagers get involved in hacking in the first place? This compelling and revealing book sets out to answer these questions--and some of the answers will surprise you. Through fascinating interviews with FBI agents, criminal psychologists, law-enforcement officials--as well as current and former hackers--you'll get a glimpse inside the mind of today's teenage hacker. Learn how they think, find out what it was like for them growing up, and understand the internal and external pressures that pushed them deeper and deeper into the hacker underground. Every hacker has a life and story of his or her own. One teenager's insatiable curiosity as to how the family's VCR worked was enough to trigger a career of cracking into computer systems. This is a remarkable story of technological wizardry, creativity, dedication, youthful angst, frustration and disconnection from society, boredom, anger, and jail time. Teenage hackers are not all indifferent punks. They're just like every other kid and some of them probably live in your neighborhood. They're there. All you have to do is look.

Book News Annotation:

Investigative reporter Dan Verton explores the questions surrounding the new national pastime for America's teenagers: computer hacking and web site defacement. Through interviews with FBI agents, criminal psychologists, law-enforcement officials, and some of the hackers themselves he explores questions such as who are these kids and what motivates them to strike. He reveals how their life stories point to technological wizardry, creativity, dedication, youthful angst, frustration, disconnection from society, boredom, anger and jail time.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Could teenage hacking be the cyber-equivalent of school violence? This volume explores that question and other national social issues that may be contributing to the growth in teenage hacking.

Synopsis:

To many who knew him, there was nothing odd about him. He was a normal kid...

On February 7, 2000, Yahoo.com was the first victim of the biggest distributed denial-of-service attack ever to hit the Internet. On May 8th, Buy.com was battling a massive denial-of-service attack. Later that afternoon, eBay.com also reported significant outages of service, as did Amazon.com. Then CNN's global online news operation started to grind to a crawl. By the following day, Datek and E-Trade entered crisis mode...all thanks to an ordinary fourteen-year-old kid.

Friends and neighbors were shocked to learn that the skinny, dark-haired, boy next door who loved playing basketball--almost as much as he loved computers--would cause millions of dollars worth of damage on the Internet and capture the attention of the online world--and the federal government. He was known online as "Mafiaboy" and, to the FBI, as the most notorious teenage hacker of all time. He did it all from his bedroom PC. And he's not alone.

Computer hacking and Web site defacement has become a national pastime for America's teenagers, and according to the stories you'll read about in The Hacker Diaries--it is only the beginning. But who exactly are these kids and what motivates a hacker to strike? Why do average teenagers get involved in hacking in the first place? This compelling and revealing book sets out to answer these questions--and some of the answers will surprise you. Through fascinating interviews with FBI agents, criminal psychologists, law-enforcement officials--as well as current and former hackers--you'll get a glimpse inside the mind of today's teenage hacker. Learn how they think, find out what it was like for them growing up, and understand the internal and external pressures that pushed them deeper and deeper into the hacker underground. Every hacker has a life and story of his or her own. One teenager's insatiable curiosity as to how the family's VCR worked was enough to trigger a career of cracking into computer systems. This is a remarkable story of technological wizardry, creativity, dedication, youthful angst, frustration and disconnection from society, boredom, anger, and jail time. Teenage hackers are not all indifferent punks. They're just like every other kid and some of them probably live in your neighborhood. They're there. All you have to do is look.

About the Author

Dan Verton (Burke, VA) is a senior writer at Computerworld, specializing in Internet security, national security, critical infrastructure protection, and corporate information security policies. He has written hundreds of news stories, profiles of government and industry leaders, and feature-length stories related to Internet security, defense, and intelligence matters. He is also the former Associate Editor, Defense, for the trade publication Federal Computer Week.

Table of Contents

1: ”Genocide”: From Columbine to Hacking

2: Rebels: Joe Magee and “Noid”

3: The Hunt for Mafiaboy: Operation Claymore

4: A Tale of Two Script Kiddies: Pr0metheus and Explotion

5: World of Hell

6: Cyberchic: Starla Pureheart

7: Unlikely White Hat: Willie Gonzalez

8: Tinker, Teenager, Hacker, Spy: The H.D. Moore Story

Afterword

A: Two Decades of Teenage Hacking

B: Making Headlines Over the Years

C: Hacking on the Web

Product Details

ISBN:
9780072223644
Author:
Verton, Dan
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Osborne Media McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Computer security
Subject:
Internet - Security
Subject:
Security
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Series:
Consumer One-Off
Publication Date:
20020326
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
219
Dimensions:
10.02x6.20x.95 in. 1.19 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Could teenage hacking be the cyber-equivalent of school violence? This volume explores that question and other national social issues that may be contributing to the growth in teenage hacking.
"Synopsis" by , To many who knew him, there was nothing odd about him. He was a normal kid...

On February 7, 2000, Yahoo.com was the first victim of the biggest distributed denial-of-service attack ever to hit the Internet. On May 8th, Buy.com was battling a massive denial-of-service attack. Later that afternoon, eBay.com also reported significant outages of service, as did Amazon.com. Then CNN's global online news operation started to grind to a crawl. By the following day, Datek and E-Trade entered crisis mode...all thanks to an ordinary fourteen-year-old kid.

Friends and neighbors were shocked to learn that the skinny, dark-haired, boy next door who loved playing basketball--almost as much as he loved computers--would cause millions of dollars worth of damage on the Internet and capture the attention of the online world--and the federal government. He was known online as "Mafiaboy" and, to the FBI, as the most notorious teenage hacker of all time. He did it all from his bedroom PC. And he's not alone.

Computer hacking and Web site defacement has become a national pastime for America's teenagers, and according to the stories you'll read about in The Hacker Diaries--it is only the beginning. But who exactly are these kids and what motivates a hacker to strike? Why do average teenagers get involved in hacking in the first place? This compelling and revealing book sets out to answer these questions--and some of the answers will surprise you. Through fascinating interviews with FBI agents, criminal psychologists, law-enforcement officials--as well as current and former hackers--you'll get a glimpse inside the mind of today's teenage hacker. Learn how they think, find out what it was like for them growing up, and understand the internal and external pressures that pushed them deeper and deeper into the hacker underground. Every hacker has a life and story of his or her own. One teenager's insatiable curiosity as to how the family's VCR worked was enough to trigger a career of cracking into computer systems. This is a remarkable story of technological wizardry, creativity, dedication, youthful angst, frustration and disconnection from society, boredom, anger, and jail time. Teenage hackers are not all indifferent punks. They're just like every other kid and some of them probably live in your neighborhood. They're there. All you have to do is look.

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