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Stealing the Network: How to Own a Shadow Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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About the Author
Johnny Long is a Christian by grace, a professional hacker by trade, a pirate by blood, a ninja in training, a security researcher and author. He can be found lurking at his website (http://johnny.ihackstuff.com). He is the founder of Hackers For Charity(http://ihackcharities.org), an organization that provides hackers with job experience while leveraging their skills for charities that need those skills.
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'How to Own a Shadow' is completely different than the other three books. It is mostly revolved around one single character. Instead of each character performing one 'hack' per chapter in the previous books, each chapter is used to further develope the character with a few bits of boring SQL injection. Infact, this is mostly all this book is about, SQL injection. No Nmap, wireless cracking, getting into government networks and all the rest which defined the 'Stealing the Network' series.
I have just found myself skipping many pages because frankly the story was just too boring to read. I'm sorry if I sound harsh but I was so dissapointed with this book, it was a disaster.
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Now forget all that because the excellent story format of the first three books has been dumped. The whole book now is written by just three guys and they're not very good writers. Knuth the shadowy arch villian escapes the clutches of the NSA only set up seedy poker website and spend his time sampling the local prostitutes. We meet a new character pawn, who is a naieve ninja(literally) hacker extrodinaire, the only way he could be more awesome would be if he was a pirate as well as a ninja. How someone could be such an accomplished hacker and so freaking naieve I have no idea, you'd think the person who spends his whole day breaking into other peoples computers would be a little bit more paranoid about his interpersonal interactions instead of just trusting every person who tries to exploit him.
To top it all off, nothing happens in this book, we introduce 3 new characters and that is it. Nothing else of consequence.
I can only assume the authors got greedy and decided that they didn't want to cut anyone else in on this book so they could take all the money for themselves. They also seems to have decided that 1 book wouldn't give them enough money so they artificially elongated it and turn it into 2 books, hey maybe it's a triology who knows, this could be the next Star Wars, they can all be George Lucas.
Basically if you loved the other 3 books steer clear of this one, it stinks.
That was not even talking about a terribly delayed release. I pre-ordered this book in May 2006 and they kept pushing the date at least 5 times. And after all this waiting I get a half baked sql injection tutorial and learn pretty much zero about Knuth and how his story would end. Are they in for another sequel? This is not Star Wars after all.
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