We Are Anonymous Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec Anonymous and the Global Cyber Insurgency 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

  • Title: We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency
  • Author: Parmy Olson
  • ISBN: 9780316213547
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 inA 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.

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    1. I'm going to talk about the book, but then I'm going to riff on the subject.Olson's deft narrative of how Anonymous organized out of the chaotic prankishness of 4chan and eventually--in some ways obviously--fragmented and fell apart is deceptively accomplished. The book runs chronologically, helping us newbies ("newfags" in the language of this community) get a handle on what happened when and where, neatly tracking a linear path from early dickishness on discussion boards to a more organized et [...]

    2. Mr. Robot, this isn't! Another crucial book for understanding the modern era we live in, a fascinating tale of the hackers much of whom would be more classified as just evil trolls than activist brilliant computer experts (although there are plenty of the latter as well). The story spans from the beginnings with 4chan, to the loosely organized thing that is Anonymous which is not quite what most people assume. Much of the book is also about LulzSec, which others criticize, but perhaps the best w [...]

    3. Our story begins on 4chan, a violent, pornographic, iconoclastic pit of the internet which invented the idea of putting grammatically incorrect captions on cat pictures. On /b/, historically the most popular board on the site, forced anonymity brought with it a freedom from social conventions and norms, as a place to vent things that one would not ordinarily say. In this place, communities developed, and with their morbid senses of humor, friendships grew. One way for /b/ to pass the time was re [...]

    4. The "true crime" section is an interesting read if you know at least a little bit about a)internet culture, b)anonymous/lulzsec and c)hackology. You don't have to be an expert, it's probably better if you aren't (experts may get bored in the explanations). The evolution of the hivemind is an interesting thing to watch, as are the "normal" human protective behaviors that tend to remain in the individuals even when they are immersed in it at least, in SOME individuals. I'm sure in the future we wi [...]

    5. We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency is a book that is compelling and hard to put down. I have been using the Internet since before the emergence of the World Wide Web. Like many others I use social media and enjoy the convenience and connection to information and other resources that the Internet makes possible. Author Parmy Olson details the many harmful things that are also made possible.The book's main theme focuses on the activitie [...]

    6. Attended an IT conference today and one of the first speakers talked about the credit card hack on target and how it caused target to shift gears from developing what is cool for the consumer to redefining it's most critical programs to focus on credit card thieves. Wow, this just after finishing the book a couple days early. So how does this relate to this book. Will write that at the end.First I have to say WOW, a truly enjoyable book and a great history of how Anonymous came to be. It brought [...]

    7. it's like a whole book of he-said, she-said, relayed third-hand by somebody who is not a native speaker of the language.i get that it's probably really, really difficult to pin down anybody from Anonymous. it's not like you can insist, like a six-year-old on a playground, that they prove it! and i believe that this author really did do the best due diligence possible, given the subjects and the fact that they take great joy in pranking people. but by virtue of the medium (the interwebs) and the [...]

    8. Fascinating look at the world of Anonymous. I learned many lessons from this. 1) Anonymous is not really a group--at least not one with a hierarchy. 2) Most people in Anonymous have average or slightly above-average computer skills (these are called "script-kiddies".) 3) Those that have great computer skills are revered, but they're not leaders. 4) Several of the attacks that the group has carried out weren't political, but done for the "lulz" (embarrassing someone else publicly for fun). 5) Mos [...]

    9. Well-written in the face of disinformation, secrets, and outright lies. Double and triple fact checking probably didn't cut much ice here, and Olson did a creditable job of ferreting out what seems to be a coherent narrative. The journalism is solid, the authorial voice very engaging. I'm deeply sympathetic to hackers, and this book didn't dissuade me one bit. Yeah, they do some harm- it's undeniable. But when they are taking down banks and evil corporations, I'm right up there cheering them on, [...]

    10. If I could give this book six stars, I would - without hesitation. I thoroughly loved and learned so much about the infamous group Anonymous that I am considering doing a research project (an online pathfinder) required for my MSLS on the subject. Author Parmy Olson not only described the gritty details surrounding the more well-known hacks (PayPal, Scientology, Sony and the Westboro Baptist Church) but also provided an in-depth look into the culture and individuals responsible for the action. A [...]

    11. A difficult task writing this, even harder getting it out so quickly, but given the interviews with Jake Davis, and some of the other insights it has to be read if you're interested in this subject. You'd think perhaps a more anarchic and less journalistic stlye (like Jake's own style) may be better suited to this story, which is not about Anonymous, and also not about the Global Cyber Insurgency, but for a general reader, I think it's pretty good.A full on warts and all review can be read here: [...]

    12. Less theory and more history. Its just as the subtitle says: "Inside the Hacker World . . .: An impressive work of investigative journalism that pieces together and contextualizes the rise of Anonymous through the story of one of its many core groups.

    13. I stumbled upon this book by pure hazard, and I’m very glad I did. It is not my usual read, I’m not quite familiar with the true crime section, internet culture or hacking for that matter, and you don’t have to be an expert on the subject really, because Olson’s writing is a true blessing. The book runs on chronological order, starting by an introduction to the becoming of 4chan. 4chan gives us a terrifying peek of what the Dark Deep Web is all about. With is forced anonymity policy, the [...]

    14. It’s a digital World.Everything is online, including our private lives. In the news we hear about cyber attacks, about a site being DDos’d, sometimes our very own twitter and email accounts are hacked. In ‘We are Anonymous‘, we get to read about these very people who operate from behind the anonymity of the internet. In this book we learn how Anonymous, widely seen by the rest of the world as an organized group of hackers was formed, how it emerged from chanology and 4chan and evolved in [...]

    15. Parmy Olson has put together the best reporting on Anonymous I have ever seen from a mainstream source. She took the time to really learn about chan culture, hacktivism, trolling, etc. Aside from a few minor mistakes and omissions, her detailed description of the mind-boggling number of memes and jargon surrounding the title group and its origins is accurate yet succinct enough not to overwhelm the uninitiated. It does justice to those very familiar with 4chan and the history of hactivism, but a [...]

    16. I couldn't put this down--the whole twisty labyrinth of hacking is a compelling subject, especially considering how distorted the media view of stuff was. I do use the Internet more than the author, which made some of the explanations like 'faggots is a very common word on 4chan' more amusing than anything else (note: have been on 4chan once, never on /b/, can't be fucked). So from that perspective, it went down a star because the narrative is a lot less compelling when Olson has to take a step [...]

    17. This book reads essentially like a computer thriller. It's a mixture of the real life stories of people involved in Anonymous, written in such a way that you consistently can't wait to see what's on the next page. I don't know if it's just because I was really interested in Anonymous from the get-go or not, but I loved this. It wasn't drab and dry and boring like some non-fiction tends to be, this moved along at a brisk pace and set up each chapter perfectly. It told its story well, while inform [...]

    18. "There is no 'love' on the internet." (Virus chatting with Sabu)Very detailed, comprehensive, and interesting read on Anonymous, LulzSec, and to a lesser extent 4chan and /b/ (originators of many well known internet memes and, a personal fav, lolcats) - their contributions to the internet, and the 6 or so key players involved. It's an illustration of some of the best skills of social engineering, hacking, and the power of small teams to do big things, particularly when they self-organize around [...]

    19. 4chan was created by a 14 year old kid who wanted to talk about anime. I can't believe that it started so innocently. But the fact that the birthplace of trolls was started by a 14 year old makes perfect sense.I binge read this (and then I changed all my passwords). The narrative is impressive. It's a story about people who spend hours and hours a day on their computers and do little else, but it reads like a mystery. This is another story about fringes and extremes, except that these fringes an [...]

    20. This is a Must Read book for anyone interested to know the history of Anonymous, LulzSec and how the underworld of hackers work. I enjoyed the events and the linkage between the stories in the book. The author had put tremendous effort by going through IRC logs (which believe me is not easy), phone interviews, face-to-face interviews and many other forms of communication between the author and the hackers like Sabu, Topiary, Kayla and others. For those who want to go thorough the timeline of eve [...]

    21. A good book, and held my attention. However, I think the story would have been much more effective as a 2-3 piece magazine-length story. The arc of the story doesn't really justify the length of the book. Moreover, there are parts of the book that get so detailed they are painful. Regardless, an interesting look at the dark underbelly of the worldwide web. For others interested into the origin of Hacker culture - which isn't really the same thing as what we think of as modern hacker culture - I [...]

    22. "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect Us." An intriguing peek into the life of the hacker collective that hacked some of the biggest organisations, with the biggest being the FBI in Jan 2012. For someone with limited computer background, this book totally swept me away. But be warned that this book may get your very paranoid about your Internet usage. Now, every time when my Internet breaks or slows down, I wonder if its a zombie bot being deployed by a ha [...]

    23. Over all, this was a good book. The technical details were sketchy at times, but I will only knock it 1 star for that, due to the story telling ability of the author. It was neat getting some additional details on a story that I followed pretty closely when it was unfolding.

    24. Fascinating. Couldn't put it down before page 200. Not only are the events described in an enjoyable, story-like fashion, the book as a whole is a good crash-course in cyber-security.

    25. Link to my Blog Site for the full review: bit/123sJTGExecutive Summary: This book is a must read for all cyber security professionals. It does not cover the entire Anonymous movement, but by focusing on the evolution of the Anonymous Franchise and the rise and fall of the LulzSec hacking group, Ms. Olson captures the essence of the hacktivist culture and what motivates its supporters. If you seek to understand the Hacktivist movement, this book is a primer. Review: The Anonymous Franchise really [...]

    26. Olson tells part of the story of Anonymous by focusing on the exploits of a few people who split off from the collective to create their own group - LulzSec. Olson describes these people (particularly Jake Evans/Topiary) with incredible detail as examines their backgrounds, motivations, and actions. I found Olson's book particularly interesting as it is a story written by a woman with a great capacity for empathy about people who have little or none. Olson also highlights the vastly different le [...]

    27. groggysblogg.wordpressA good book to read after Hacker Hoaxer Whistleblower Spy, by Gabriella Coleman, or if you really enjoyed the We are legion documentary. Poorly written. Good coverage of Lulzsec.The book is mainly about the 6 core members of LulzSec, and is the narrative is driven by the story of Jake Davis - aka Topiary, who became the mouthpiece of Lulzsec.If you want to know what Anonymous is, or how it began, then this book should suffice as a good starting point. Beginning with 4chan a [...]

    28. Book about the inner workings of Anonymous and LulzSec. Learnt about the people doing the hacks. Lots of interviews with participants. Definitely don't use the same password for all your accounts. And never give your password out. The SQL injection stuff was interesting, along with the other technical details. It would have been interesting to learn a bit more about how they achieved their hacks.

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