In 2000, an unknown attacker brought down the websites of Amazon, CNN, Dell, E*Trade, eBay, and Yahoo!, inciting panic from Silicon Valley to the White House. The FBI, police, and independent security experts launched a manhunt as President Clinton convened a cyber security summit to determine how best to protect America's information infrastructure from future attacks. Then, after hundreds of hours of wiretapping, law enforcement officials executed a late-night raid and came face-to-face with the most wanted man in cyberspace: a fifteen-year-old kid whose username was "Mafiaboy." Equal parts true-crime thriller and exposť, Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, will take you on an electrifying tour of the world of hacking and show how its rapid evolution is making the Internet the new frontier for crime in the 21st century. It also includes a helpful guide to protecting yourself online.
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Michael Calce served eight months in open custody for the 56 charges on which he was convicted. He now writes a computer secruity column to educate people about online threats and to offer advice for staying secure online. He lives in Montreal. Craig Silverman is the author of Regret the Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Vice, Report on Business, and other publications.
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