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We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency | [Parmy Olson]

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers.
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Publisher's Summary

We Are Anonymous is a thrilling, exclusive expose of the hacker collectives Anonymous and LulzSec.

In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers. The computer security world - and world at large - realized quickly that Anonymous and its splinter groups are something to treat with dead seriousness.

Through the stories of three key members, We Are Anonymous offers a gripping, adrenaline-fueled narrative in the style of The Accidental Billionaires, drawing upon hundreds of conversations with the members themselves, including exclusive interviews. By coming to know them - their childhoods, families, and personal demons - we come to know the human side of their virtual exploits, and why they're so passionate about disrupting the Internet's frontiers.

©2012 Parmy Olson (P)2012 Hacette Audio

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    Aloe drinker HARVEST, AL, US 01-28-15
    Aloe drinker HARVEST, AL, US 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this audio book"

    The layout of the story is fantastic and the narrator does an exceptional job.
    This book is definitely a must read (or heard) if you are in IT Security. There is a lot of computer jargon however the book nicely ties in technical terms and turns them into layman's words and meanings.

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    BC Corning, NY Sayre, Pennsylvania 01-03-15
    BC Corning, NY Sayre, Pennsylvania 01-03-15 Member Since 2015

    BC

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    "Mediocre review"

    It is poorly organized book with a lot of common knowledge regarding hacking. Unlike it is presented, it is an organized internet crimes.

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    J. Nolt Reston, VA 11-11-14
    J. Nolt Reston, VA 11-11-14

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    "Interesting book, AWFUL narration"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It's a fast-paced, detailed description of an interesting phenomenon that morphed so quickly the news was (and possibly still is) far behind the truth. It is written to be "thrilling" but there is also enough meat to keep it from being mindless.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The mispronunciation of numerous words combined with the inconsistent, fake accents almost ruined this book for me.


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    ricketsj St. Paul, MN United States 09-22-14
    ricketsj St. Paul, MN United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Informative and just the right amount of tech."

    I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning about the origins and actual character of the group that goes by the name Anonymous and only really knows about the group through media about their 'hacktivism.' I knew almost nothing about methods of hacking or cyber attacks but am technically savvy enough to not need an excruciatingly simplistic explanation in order to grasp the necessary concepts. This book strikes the right balance. I understood everything without being either confused or bored. The story focuses mainly on the personal stories of several individuals, focusing a lot of attention on a few who got involved with 'Anonymous' and then formed a similar group and were eventually caught. The method works well because it illustrates the lack of cohesiveness in what the entity called Anonymous really is. The book makes it clear that 'Anonymous' is not an organized group with a singular vision but rather a name that can be claimed by anyone loosely affiliated when he or she wants to- which can work in its favor or against it. It also demonstrates the flip side of the social activism: the essential nastiness and lack of basic human empathy of many individuals in the group. It was also very interesting to see inside the methods used to target individuals or organisms who (sometimes randomly) fall within the cross-hairs of the technically knowledgeable. My first impulse upon finishing the books was to change all of my passwords and carefully think about anything I post anywhere on the internet: a lesson that we could all probably use.

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    Highway0311 Florida 09-03-14
    Highway0311 Florida 09-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Insight to this little known, misunderstood world"
    What did you love best about We Are Anonymous?

    The human element behind this group. Most of these people almost looked at this as a game. Not realizing quite the mess they were in. Also, interesting seeing how easily some were turned. Gives you insight into how little you can truly trust other people, especially on the internet.

    Also it's interesting learning about the fact that much of this was caused by social engineering as much as it was by skilled hackers. Meaning that people often were easily fooled and tricked into doing things by these people. Also, it gives you a bit of insight into what you should and should not do with passwords pertaining to the internet.


    What about Abby Craden’s performance did you like?

    I loved it. Some others didn't enjoy her style but I really liked her dark almost ominous voice. I truly felt it was fitting for the content. The accents may have been a little off but whatever.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hard to say without giving away spoilers. But when people started getting arrested and when one person was so easily turned. Kind of takes away your faith in the resolve of others to keep your secrets when pressed. Also when one person is discovered it comes as a bit of a surprise. Makes you wonder if you can truly have Anonymity on the Internet. It seems when pressed anyone can find your secrets alarmingly easily.


    Any additional comments?

    Written for people that have little to no knowledge of hacking so it's completely accessible to any layman who has a basic understanding of the internet. Helps you to understand things to do and not do on the internet to protect yourself. Gives some insight into the motivations of this group of people and it's successes and failures. Where they went wrong etc. Overall I felt engaged and was happy to gain insight into this secret world. Listened to this one whenever I could.

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    Eva Rose 08-30-14
    Eva Rose 08-30-14
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Abby Craden?

    Anyone who didn't try to use ridiculous accents. The character who is supposed to be Scottish got a Liverpool accent. The guy from the Lower East side of Manhattan (of Puerto Rican heritage) got a strange mix of Eastern European and Latin accents. It was painful to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I was interested in reading about Anonymous because it's a subject that we need to understand in the modern, internet dependent world. What I realized early on is that the majority of these "cyber hacks" (I won't glorify them by calling them "terrorists") are a bunch of anti-socials with physical defects that force them to spend the majority of their time in their rooms with their computers because they can't "make it" out in society. Anonymous and movements like theirs are literally culminated in online chat rooms. I was sort of hoping to find that they were a group of geniuses who had honorable goals, and used their technical knowledge to change the world. But alas, they are no more than ultra geeks with nothing better to do, and are looking for some kicks in between playing online video games.

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    Judd Bagley Utah 08-20-14
    Judd Bagley Utah 08-20-14 Member Since 2015

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    "A true, front row seat on something historic"

    If it were fiction, nobody would believe it. What an amazing story, flawlessly told, about a period that will be prominently featured when the history of the internet is finally written.

    I had to continually remind myself that the author wasn't a participant in this story, because it's told with such compelling vividness it's hard to imagine the facts being gathered any other way.

    If you took any interest in the devastation wrought by LulzSec and Anonymous, you will find this book very difficult to put down.

    My only criticism deals with the (otherwise exceptionally good) narrator's insistence on attempting the accents of the players in this story. That sort of thing always bugs me. But not enough to keep me from giving the work five stars and emphatically recommending it.

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    Jayson Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States 01-27-14
    Jayson Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of We Are Anonymous to be better than the print version?

    Can't drive and read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed how I was able to connect to the views of those represented in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    over 9000 words!

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    Daniel 11-11-13
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    "Much more than Anonymous for Dummies."
    What made the experience of listening to We Are Anonymous the most enjoyable?

    A lively and informative book brought to life by Ms.Abby Craden! Olson gives a thorough history, and actual look inside, of these hacktivist groups. All the while doing so, she paints very real characters. Characters with real flaws who, at times, are mischievous, creepy, or all out megalomaniac! A very entertaining listen. My ONLY qualm with the book was her focus on the original Anon/LulzSec members, versus giving a broader viewpoint of other group members and those countries and law-enforcement involved. A must-read for those interested in pop-culture, current events, and information security!


    Which character – as performed by Abby Craden – was your favorite?

    Sabu


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    Sam Motes Tampa 11-01-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 11-01-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Bravery through anonymity"

    Very eye opening read into the lives of the script kiddies and the tech idols who lead the hoard. The complete loss of a since of right and wrong due the the vail of anonymity provided by the web was disturbing.

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