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Cybershock: Surviving Hackers, Phreakers, Identity Thieves, Internet Terrorists and Weapons of Mass Disruption [Paperback]

Winn Schwartau
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7 Feb 2001
In recent years information warfare has trickled from the domain of governments and megacorporations into the lives and workplaces of the average citizen, and privacy concerns are at an all-time high. Cybershock is the first book to guide the average Internet user through online perils and offers answers and solutions in common-sense language. Winn Schwartau leads readers through the basics (What's hacking? Who hacks?), introduces actual hacking tools and techniques, and using corporate, law enforcement, and military examples, teaches how to become a successful anti-hacker. It also provides balanced viewpoints through graphic, pictorial, and written contributions from the principal stakeholders: hackers and phreakers; corporate security experts; lawyers and cyberjudicial professionals; and officers with the security-sensitive military and government agencies. The book includes an extensive listing of both hacking and anti-hacking Internet sites and a compendium of the leading anti-hacking security products and tools.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (7 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156025307X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560253075
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 15.1 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,735,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A US-centric approach to the phenomenon of all things hacking. While not a 'guide to hacking' there are some amusing and interesting anecdotes here. However, it has the feel of an 'airport novel' as it skims over many different areas. A good days reading but you will need to put flesh on the bones from other sources.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hackers are not criminals! 31 July 2000
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I don't care how many people you may have heard or how many peoples books you may have read, hackers are not, I repeat NOT the people who you think they are. Crackers write viruses and destroy web sites. Hackers do not destroy, tamper with, or other wise illicit activitys. Hackers gather information. Phreakers tamper with phones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensationalist, Populist, Useful, Worthy 22 Aug 2000
By Robert David STEELE Vivas - Published on Amazon.com
There will be those quick to trash this book as sensationalist, and they are partly right. What most people, including the critics, do not realize is that Winn Schwartau went out on a limb in the late 1980's and early 1990's and is *the* primary reason Congress got concerned enough about these issues to demand a Critical Infrastructure Protection program funded at over $1B--it was Winn, not others quick to claim the line, that testified to Congress about an "electronic Pearl Harbor" on 24 June 1991. This book is unabashedly populist and seeks to make this very complex threat entertaining and understandable, and for that reason alone it is worth the time to consider. There are many other serious books for engineers, this is the one for anyone at all from housewife to student to executive. Great airplane book, won't save the world, but will certainly increase your consciousness across the board. Worthy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winn's best yet, a readable Info-War book 3 July 2000
By Bill Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
This book is needed, it covers the broad area of Information Warfare, and actually gives realistic and understandable examples. A must read for those interested in the topic. The writing style is relaxed, but the content is not shallow. Read it!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrorism Research Center Review of Cybershock 6 July 2000
By M. G. Devost - Published on Amazon.com
Cybershock: Surviving Hackers, Phreakers, Identity Thieves, Internet Terrorists and Weapons of Mass Disruption by Winn Schwartau is an enlightening look at the dangers of the Internet from a consumer/ general user perspective. If I had one book to give friends and family that demonstrates the types of threats they need to be aware of in the information age, it would be Schwartau's Cybershock. Winn wrote this book for the mass market and he never strays from his target audience. He makes no apologies to those who are familiar with technology and security when he provides real-life examples of information security horror stories involving fraud or identity theft that many might label as fear mongering. Winn's stories are personal because he has been a victim and many of his friends and relatives have been targeted as well. One of Winn's major objectives in writing this book was to advance ideas on privacy and Internet rights, and many of the examples point the reader in a specific direction. However, Winn doesn't hide the fact that he is trying to be somewhat controversial to raise awareness on specific issues. The book, after all is entitled Cybershock, not Cybercalm. As an added bonus, the book also provides some interesting historical perspectives as Winn describes and interviews individuals who were visionaries offering information security services or predicted new threats before they emerged.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hacker's Thoughts on cyberSecurity 11 Jan 2002
By Peter Mackay - Published on Amazon.com
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Speaking as someone who once spent three months behind bars for computer hacking, I can vouch for the authenticity of this book. It should scare you right out of your socks.
And it's not the technical details that should scare you, though there's enough of that. It's the simple "social engineering" that can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. A good hacker doesn't need to touch a computer - he just picks his target, gains a bit of information and uses others to do the dirty work, all unsuspecting. By the time you work out you are under attack, someone has taken out a second mortgage on your home, cashed in your life insurance, raided your credit cards and had a hell of a good time at your expense.
Here are case studies to demonstrate it. people driven to bankruptcy, despair and suicide.
Get a firewall on your computer right NOW. And do all the other things this book advises.
Otherwise you are a mug.
Don't figure it won't happen to you - if you are at all active in cyberspace, then you are leaving footprints behind that can be picked up and exploited by a hacker looking for his next target.
Buy this book - it will be the best handful of dollars you ever spent.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-stop course to common sense on the net 10 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a must read for "just the facts" about the seedier side of the internet. As a "netcop" for a large ISP, I have recommended it to several people. It give the nuts and bolts of how things like viruses, denial of sercvice attacks, cyberstalking, and email fraud work with a friendly, no-jargon style. From everything on how to protect your privacy while online, to why spam is a bad thing, this book covers all the bases. Unlike many books on the same topic, this one does not go into the details of how to do these deeds- just how to keep them from happening to you.
I especially recommend the section on how to keep your kids safe on the net... this book is a one-stop course to common sense on the internet.
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