Synopses & Reviews
With a new introduction and conclusion, and new foreword from coauthor Julian Assange, this cult classic tells the extraordinary true story of the 1990s computer underground creating chaos inside the U. S. military, NASA, and more
The bizarre lives and crimes of an elite ring of international hackers who took on the establishment are told in this gripping tale of the digital underground. Spanning three continents and a decade of high level infiltration, they created chaos amongst some of the world's biggest and most powerful organizations. Brilliant and obsessed, many of them found themselves addicted to hacking and phreaking. Some descended into drugs and madness, others ended up in jail. As riveting as the finest detective novel and meticulously researched, this nonfiction thriller follows the hackers through their crimes, their betrayals, the hunt, raids, and investigations.
"An entirely original focus on the bizarre lives and crimes of an extraordinary group of teenage hackers . . . a highly intense and enjoyable read." —Rolling Stone
"An astonishing book." —Sydney Morning Herald
"It reads like a thriller, but the story is based on fact and begins when NASA officials arrive one Monday morning to discover something is not quite right." —Age
About the Author
Suelette Dreyfus is an award-winning writer and journalist. She was the associate producer of the Frontline series on hackers and is a regular contributor to the Age and the Independent. Julian Assange is an internet activist, journalist, and publisher. He is the founder, spokesperson, and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. His awards and nominations include the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award, Readers' Choice for Time magazine's 2010 Person of the Year, and the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.