|I was surprised I couldn't find a thread for this! Great read, part of teh histry of teh innanets! The dead, dead, dead My Tiny Life thread made me think of it...|
A true crime thriller and network security primer rolled into one, Stoll's 1990 book is the anti-Neuromancer, a story about dorks with real computers.
Before I read this book, my entire mental picture of computer hacking consisted of jumbled images from Snow Crash , the aforementioned Neuromancer, and Hackers star Johnny Lee Miller ("You wanted to know who I am, Zero Cool? Well, let me explain the New World Order. Governments and corporations need people like you and me. We are Samurai... the Keyboard Cowboys... and all those other people who have no idea what's going on are the cattle... Moooo.").
Stoll keeps it real but his detective work is almost playful - no one takes seriously his report of an intruder on Berkeley's network, so he takes it upon himself to monitor the attacker, poring over miles of printouts in his free time and letting his life fall apart. Stoll is a patient and funny teacher and the book flies by. Written in 1990, and people are STILL picking guessable passwords!