Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace

Masters of Deception The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace The bestselling account of a band of kids from New York who fought an electronic turf war that ranged across some of the nation s most powerful computer systems An immensely fun and one cannot emphasi

  • Title: Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace
  • Author: Michelle Slatalla Joshua Quittner
  • ISBN: 9780060926946
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • The bestselling account of a band of kids from New York who fought an electronic turf war that ranged across some of the nation s most powerful computer systems An immensely fun and one cannot emphasize this enough accessible history of the first outlaws in cyberspace Glamour

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    1. I followed this story as it unfolded in the early 90s through the pages of Phrack, cud, and other philes and ezines. I talked to Bloodaxe and Phiber on #mindvox back in the old days, but other than Emmanuel Goldstein, I never really *knew* the people who were central to this story, so it was interesting to relive it all through a journalist's eyes.Like all of the stories written about the LOD/MOD feud, the subjects contest the facts as presented in the book, and like all of the stories written a [...]

    2. A fascinating review of "The Great Hacker War" (which some debate ever happened) and the Masters of Deception, a rather big name in the world of hacking.The book is straight forward enough to provide a detailed and riviting account of events. At no point do you feel like you are getting bogged down in technical jargon. While you can't understand the intricate details of what they are doing, you at least comprehend the basics.At the same time, it makes a legitimate attempt to explain the specific [...]

    3. history of prankster phreakers in NYC - I found this very interesting since i work at a phone comapnies. man, this guys had mad skillz!

    4. I wish Michelle Slatalla + Joshua Quittner would do a 2,500 word follow-up on all the characters in this book.

    5. It’s 1989, and while personal computers have been around for a few years, their full potential is still largely untapped. Only about one household in three owns a computer, and most that do own them, don’t really know what to do with them. But there are an elite few who understand instinctively that mastery of the computer means power. These few are almost always teenage boys, are highly intelligent, and are bored. It was fun at first, like a game, but when a couple of hackers gain access to [...]

    6. A fascinating look into the early days of computer and telecommunications hacking. Michelle Slatalla takes us through the history of the Legion of Doom (LOD) and Masters of Deception (MOD), their on-line exploits, the reasons why they did what they did, and how it went oh so wrong in the end. From homes in Queens, NY and Houston, TX the unfolding story of teenagers fascinated with nothing more than trying to figure out how things work, their excitement of sharing what they knew, and the creation [...]

    7. Bruce Sterling's seminal work "The Hacker Crackdown" is a tough act to follow, but Masters of Deception does a pretty good job of doing just that - by discussing the split between the Hacker group The Legion of Doom and The Masters of Deception - with a split over philosophy (among other things) - should Hackers be about elitism - whose Kung Fu is the strongest, or should it be about exploration and sharing knowledge, the original hacker spirit.

    8. Pure brain candy for geeks. A story about one of the first federal cases built against hackers describes the early days of computer hacking, what could be done, some of the culture surrounding hacking, and how the early cases were built. I enjoyed reading about the attempts to hack into and use the phone system, given that my parents worked for the phone company for 30 years doing work on some of the systems described. An easy read, a fun book.

    9. An entertaining tail of some silly, young and extremely smart hackers trying to get into systems they shouldn't.

    10. Masters of Deception is simply an incredible novel about struggle, passion, and a run with the law. Michelle Slatalla writes to draw you in and live the lives of the young teen hackers yourself. You yourself live in Queens New York in 1989. You yourself are fascinated by the “simple” computer and wish to know everything there is to know about the complex, invisible system that controls our world. You yourself will get in a tangle with the federal law and how to deal with the struggle of tryi [...]

    11. A true story about brilliant young hackers in the late 1980s. Masters of Deception versus Legion of Doom, and both poking around telephone companies' databases.The book explores the adventures of curious teenagers who want to discover the intricacies of the telephone system and a government who can't quite understand what a switch is.The law came down hard on these explorers. Each individual saw jail time for their exploits, but after punishment, they were valued and celebrated in the tech commu [...]

    12. A little heavy on the background of all the primaries, but a fantastic journey through the wires with teenaged explorers in the 80's.

    13. Young geeks that transformed an industry, a nation even - from a safe, protected space that used digital technologies to get work done - to a wide open, vulnerable sore. These guys did a great job of pushing the limits and testing systems to expose weaknesses in data processing, privacy, security and networks. Early networks developed by AT&T, DARPA were particularly at risk, especially after these guys figured out switches. For the most part not malicious, these guys taught themselves and t [...]

    14. This book was well-written in the journalistic style, interesting throughout, but probably tries to represent too much of what hacking was through a single incident. It also betrays an East Coast bias, which is somewhat fatal. Otherwise, there's a lot of good information here on the old school days of dial-up and network hacking. It introduces the major personalities, reveals the presence of the bulletin board and other hacker hangouts, and shows us some insights into hacker "culture" which was [...]

    15. 3.5 starspretty fun read. the writing isn't great and even has some really obvious misspellings and verb disagreements. i got some of the people mixed up from time to time, which is kind of a feat, considering how straightforward the story is. it's definitely a rush job to cash in on the "hacker" sensationalism, and while the book is occasionally hyperbolic, it sticks to the "facts" that the author can assemble (cuz who the fuck knows what really went down?). it feels like a very honest book.i l [...]

    16. Masters of Deception is the best book I have ever read. It is written in a way which makes you very exited about the events in the book. I personally can relate to the book which makes it very enjoyable for me to read over and over. If you are into technology/hacking this is the best book you could possibly read. The book is about a hacker gang war between MOD and LOD, which were both real hacker gangs. The book contains a very interesting plot, and I suggest this book to everyone.

    17. Awesome look into the lives of real hackers that brewed up the culture to what it is. For me this type of material was pretty much the types of stories i was reading on the net in 90s as a 13yr old. Its full of awesome tidbits and delves a bit into knowledge of computer systems and the phone system as well as social engineering. Would recommend to anyone that enjoys things techy and alittle in the grey area.

    18. This was a book my husband picked up because he wanted to read it. I grabbed it because sometimes he does pick up book that I think I will be interested in. The idea of it was good, especially since it was based off of true events, but I didn't understand most of it. I think it would be something my husband would appreciate more than me. I did like how they tried to use layman's terms for those would don't know much about hacking or the phone lines.

    19. A book on a group of hackers Masters of Deception(MoD) from the early days, has tales of dumpster diving, where 'fuzzing' gets it's name and the such. Very fun romp through the life of the early ARPANET/BBS and the computer underground. Fun true life stories of kids turning business men and criminals!

    20. If you're into cyber thrillers and have a love for networking, then this is a great book to read. Using the exciting history of young hackers, Masters of Deception describes the moments when the legal system recognized the existence of cyber crimes and struggled to define appropriate penalties for cyber intrusions.

    21. The masters of deception is a very interesting story. I liked the historic accuracy of the Masters of deception when it comes to the cyber war between the MOD(Masters of deception)and the LOD(the legion of doom).

    22. I read this book when it first came out. I had hacked my first computer system about 3 or 4 years prior. This book was great for a variety of reasons. I highly recommend it for a more "retro" security oriented story line.

    23. Surprisingly accessible for non-techies, and talks about a lot of details about the inner workings of the early phone system, and the ways people hacked it for fun/profit/pride/jailtime.

    24. I read this growing up in the late 90s when I was into computer hacking. It motivated me to commit many computer crimes.

    25. This was a very interesting trip into the world of computer hackers. It was a very fascinating read.

    26. Very interesting story of the earliest hackers. The text is a bit awkward in a few places but overall it's a complex story told well.

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