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Published: 1997
Language: English
Wordcount: 153,921 / 464 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.4
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Downloads: 10,311 2326
License: ©

Underground is the compelling true story of the rise of the computer underground and the crimes of an elite group of hackers who took on the forces of the establishment. Copyright (c) 1997, 2001 Suelette Dreyfus & Julian Assange.

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frosted glass so the reader can peer into that hazy world. `Underground' belongs on the Net, in their ephemeral landscape.

The critics have been good to `Underground', for which I am very grateful. But the best praise came from two of the hackers detailed in the book. Surprising praise, because while the text is free of the narrative moralising that plague other works, the selection of material is often very personal and evokes mixed sympathies. One of the hackers, Anthrax dropped by my office to say `Hi'. Out of the blue, he said with a note of amazement, `When I read those chapters, it was so real, as if you had been right there inside my head'. Not long after Par, half a world away, and with a real tone of bewildered incredulity in his voice made exactly the same observation. For a writer, it just doesn't get any better than that.

By releasing this book for free on the Net, I'm hoping more people will not only enjoy the story of how the international computer underground rose to power, but also make

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****

Gripping non-fiction book about several hackers, their motives, their methods, and their private lives. If you enjoyed "The Cuckoo's Egg" by Cliff Stoll, or if you like computer books in general, you'll probably like this one.



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