We Are Anonymous

We Are Anonymous

Inside the Hacker World of Lulzsec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

eBook - 2012
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A thrilling, exclusive expose of the hacker collectives Anonymous and LulzSec.
WE ARE ANONYMOUS is the first full account of how a loosely assembled group of hackers scattered across the globe formed a new kind of insurgency, seized headlines, and tortured the feds-and the ultimate betrayal that would eventually bring them down. Parmy Olson goes behind the headlines and into the world of Anonymous and LulzSec with unprecedented access, drawing upon hundreds of conversations with the hackers themselves, including exclusive interviews with all six core members of LulzSec.
In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Other targets were wide ranging-the websites of corporations from Sony Entertainment and Fox to the Vatican and the Church of Scientology were hacked, defaced, and embarrassed-and the message was that no one was safe. Thousands of user accounts from pornography websites were released, exposing government employees and military personnel.
Although some attacks were perpetrated by masses of users who were rallied on the message boards of 4Chan, many others were masterminded by a small, tight-knit group of hackers who formed a splinter group of Anonymous called LulzSec. The legend of Anonymous and LulzSec grew in the wake of each ambitious hack. But how were they penetrating intricate corporate security systems? Were they anarchists or activists? Teams or lone wolves? A cabal of skilled hackers or a disorganized bunch of kids?
WE ARE ANONYMOUS delves deep into the internet's underbelly to tell the incredible full story of the global cyber insurgency movement, and its implications for the future of computer security.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
ISBN: 9780316401562
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: eBiblioFile
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squidyman
Jul 31, 2014

An excellent book overall. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking into why hackers hack. Some of the information may be off a little, but it is highly accurate given the how hard it is to find real, solid information on this topic. A bit to much info on Sabu (Hector), and not enough on AVunit. I wouldn't expect much on AVunit, not to give to much away but AVunit has not been caught.

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StarGladiator
Sep 10, 2013

A good read, but am unsure just how fully accurate it is, given that the author is a Forbes employee. The reason, never explained in the CorporateMedia, of course, that Anonymous attacked Sony was because Sony was in extreme violation of the law, that is, they were massive lawbreakers. Sony had illegally placed malware on the DVDs, interfering with the operating system patches (Windows would go into a infinite reboot cycle when a normal OS patch was attempting to downloand) because the Sony malware would not allow any other non-Sony DVD to load! The attacks against WikiLeaks, possibly the last bastion of a really free press, were aided and illegally abetted (as rendered by the European courts, which found them guilty) by Visa, Paypal, et al. (a Swiss firm whose name I forget), and a Seattle-based database firm, Tableau Software, who spinelessly pulled their license from WikiLeaks when suggested they do so by the American government! Too much emphasis on Hector, not enough of the others, but the interesting takeaway was that most of the hackers were from the lower socioeconomic group; imagine the possibilities if such hacker types had far more resources available to them? What was far more outstanding about the group, Anonymous, is what they uncovered when they hacked HBGary and Stratfor, which pointed the way towards a number of important activities and corporations, such as Endgame Systems. (FYI: www.freejeremy.net )

q22 Jan 09, 2013

Interesting expose' on the lives of half a dozen teens/young adults who represent an important subculture within our white-bread society. A subset who live primarily on the internet and have their own social structures and norms, relationships, values and aspirations that are quite different from their parents and others outside of their world. A good piece of work that probably only touches the tip of an iceberg and represents one of the first of many books that will try to explain this world.

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Mike117
Nov 14, 2012

So an outfit calling themselves and a movie called "V"
combine to start a "movement" .
I watched the movie and thought it a bit "Orwellian" and the message was revolt because you can.
You have to have a reason to revolt or your just having a riot. In that case go directly to jail. No message except disorder means no diplomatic aim or goal. We used to shot people for that and at thet time we new what the riot was for. Today we riot over sport outcomes just like the soccer matches, and now it's hockey.
Booze and sports don't fit well do they?
I want to know what anonymous stands for. Anybody can be against anything.
The big cry is for legalizing drugs starting with Marijuana and then what?

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karenw32
Nov 14, 2012

A very good book about the underground world of hackers and what they are capable of. WOW!

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