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Scott

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  • Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michelle Slatalla, Joshua Quittner
    • Narrated By Colby Elliott
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    From the bedroom terminals of teenagers isolated from their peers by their hyperactive intellects, to the nerve center of a nationwide long-distance phone company infiltrated by a hacker's hand, Masters of Deception offers an unprecedented tour of the murkiest reaches of the electronic frontier and a trenchant, blow-by-blow chronicle of the most notorious gang war in cyberspace.

    Scott says: "Riveting Piece of History"
    "Riveting Piece of History"
    Overall

    I listened to this book on my Audible app for my phone, mostly during my 20 minute commute. Many times, I found myself hanging out in the parking lot or garage, waiting until the end of a chapter to find out what would happen next. The authors and narrator do a great job of bringing this fascinating group of hacker kids to life. Mark Abene, one of the central figures, is one part hero and one part tragic victim. Finding out what happened to him and his friends was amazing, and as a proud owner of a TRS-80 when I was a kid, I loved the trip down memory lane.

    Not only is this a great, human story about young people getting in over their heads, and society figuring out how to incorporate new technologies, it's also a real education into how the phone systems worked and interconnected. Slatalla and Quittner have a knack for making complex, technical stuff understandable and entertaining, all the while keeping the story grounded with real people and all of their familiar vices and virtues. A great read!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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