Dr. K takes hacking from its beginning in the computer networks of the early 80's to the increasingly complex hacking of the 21st century.
If Dr K had written "How to Rob a Bank", he would almost definitely have found himself in trouble. But here he actually creates a persuasive case for indulging in harmless investigation of computer systems. His list of "The Ethics of Hacking" makes sense. For example one of his principles is that "Corporations and government cannot be trusted to use computer technology for the benefit of ordinary people". That rings true. Today's hacker may be tomorrow's champion of freedom. But he does hint at the seamier side, like the chapter about going through people's bins to get an idea of their computer systems.
Computer viruses do cause many problems for people, and manipulation of the telephone system is likely to be a criminal activity, but it is perfectly reasonable to want to learn about how these things work. Certainly the Hacker's Handbook helps you understand the importance of good computer security and gives a little glamour to the process of learning about how the Internet works. --Brian Jenner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Just a quick word. Miss H Acker is quite right to pull me up on the PGP thing - I'll change it if the book gets reprinted. The missing "n" in "Zimmermann" is just poor proof reading on my part - I apologise for that!
On the 4 layer network model - I was describing TCP/IP in particular and not the more general OSI model because I didn't want to confuse newbie readers with too many conflicting models. TCP/IP layers do not map precisely onto the OSI model and this could cause a *lot* of confusion for readers. Also because of the emphasis on the Internet I used TCP/IP as a reference for other network protocols such as IPX or NetBIOS/NetBEUI.
I'd like to thank everyone who bothered to review the book and to wish them a good time legally hacking *their own* systems.
DrK. firstname.lastname@example.org --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.