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We Are Anonymous [Paperback]

Parmy Olson
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15 Aug 2013

In January 2012, the hacker collective Anonymous brought down the FBI website in response to planned American laws against internet piracy. In 2011, LulzSec, a sister organisation, broke into and blocked computer systems at VISA, Mastercard and PayPal. The groups have infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia. They have attacked the CIA and NATO. But instead of being sanctimonious and secretive, these cyber activists are flippant and taunting, never hesitating to mock those they've outsmarted. Today, governments, big businesses and social activists are waking up to the true power of the internet, and how it can be manipulated.

This is the story of a hive mind, with many hackers across the globe connected to slice through security systems and escape untraced. Through the stories of four key members, We Are Anonymous offers a gripping, adrenalin-fuelled narrative drawing upon extensive research, and hundreds of conversations with the hackers themselves. By coming to know them - their backgrounds, families, motivations - we come to know the human side of their virtual exploits, showing exactly why they're so passionate about disrupting the internet's frontiers.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 043402208X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434022083
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lively, startling book that reads as 'The Social Network' for group hackers." (New York Times)

"An incredible story." (Jon Stewart The Daily Show)

"A masterpiece of shoe-leather journalism, a fast-paced, richly detailed account of the group's beginnings, various schisms and most spectacular attacks." (The Daily)

"A remarkable inside account of the hacker movement." (New York Magazine)

"Spellbinding account of mischief and mayhem ... With all the makings of a fast-paced espionage thriller, Olson...meticulously and impartially recreates the operations of Anonymous and LulzSec." (Publishers Weekly)

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A thrilling, exclusive investigation into hacker collectives, and the power they hold

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, thoroughly enjoyable 23 Sep 2013
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Before I begin this review I think it is important to note that cyber-crime and the internet underworld is something that I have always found fascinating and I have a reasonable amount of technical knowledge. This book may not be for everyone.

I loved reading this e-book, I (excuse the cliche) couldn't put it down. It is well-written, well-paced, well-researched and well-explained where necessary providing you know your ISP from your URL. This is not a book for technophobes but then I do not think it would be one to hold their interest in the first place. The "characters" all of whom are real-life people and their multiple online personas and identities are well (I am lead to believe) accurately rendered. I found it remarkable how close I had in fact come to some of the activities taking place within the book and could perhaps have found myself in a similar situation had I taken a different path.

The tension that builds throughout the book is palpable despite the fact that deep in your heart (if you aren't already familiar with the story) you know where things will inevitably lead.

I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone with an interest of the "recent" history of the internet especially some of its seedier climes.

I only wish there could be a sequel (but that would mean wishing calamity on the lives of numerous individuals and I am not quite that sadistic)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anonymous History 4 Sep 2013
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Interesting look at the early days of Anonymous, and how it evolved from a message board called 4Chan, to the hive mind that we are familiar with today. Also gives a lot of background history on the founders of Lulzsec, one of the spin-offs from the movement and an analysis of the characters involved. Must read for those wishing to gain an understanding of the history and development of Anonymous and Lulzsec/Antisec.
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This is a highly readable account of a modern revolution, a story about people, technology and the evolution of a rebellion. I've studied revolutions, including the French, Russian, Chinese and Cuban revoultions, and this fits right into the mould of how such a movement is born and grows.

Trotsky would recognise the pattern, as we move from the first stirrings of anarchy, through the development of a common purpose and shared philosophy, to the formation of a secret cell of aggressive agents, leading to a crescendo of success that proves too momentous and ultimately leads to fatal splits in the core team.

Here the guiding philosophy is nothing more than "lulz" - slang for a great laugh at someone else's expense. In the hands of one hacker, a malicious prank may ensue. But when a raucous website gains a large and devoted following, the anonymous mob of hackers and slackers becomes "the hivemind" - a ravenous and merciless horde that can rip its prey to pieces over the web.

The story is fascinating, horrifying and funny, deeply delving into chatrooms and the personalities who find themselves at the forefront of the revolution. The reality of hactivism turns out to have been much more human and less coordinated than it appeared at the time, with many, perhaps all, of the characters really failing to grasp the seriousness of their actions until it ws too late.

I raced through this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the bits of the internet that are much talked about but little explained, the phenomena that are blared out by news headlines but rarely shown in detail.

My only caveat is that this book, so accessible now to anyone who is even half up to speed with the internet, may be inaccessible in 10 years as the jargon moves on, and current concepts become ancient history. So read it now and expand your world. Do it for the lulz.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into an unknown world 11 Dec 2013
By Tenma13
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Interesting insight into a world I had no knowledge existed. Reads like a thriller. Well worth the time ! !
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