This book had some good potential, but the author instead decide to write a tabloid story. Any technical details that made it into the final edit seem to be there purely by accident. Cliff Stoll proved in "The Cuckoo's Egg" that you can write a good, technically accurate, "fun" story. If someone unfamiliar with Poulson's reputation were to read this book, they would think he was a burgler, not a hacker. There also doesn't seem to be any description of Poulson's personality or drive, other than a vaguely described "Hacker Ethic". Don't bother with this book if you are looking for anything similar "The Cuckoo's Egg" or "Takedown". On a positive note: This book flows smoothly along, making a quick read that doesn't require too much concentration.