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
Good performance and detailed account without being too techy.
In the end, all criminals eventually slip up. The lulz was on them.
Tariopy, the spokesman. No one is completely good or completely bad. The book included a good profile of him.
It's a great look inside the real world of Anonymous & lulzsec, it will really educate the uniformed.
I have not listened to anything else Abby Craden has done but I would have no problem listening to her read another book. My only issue with her is that she mispronounces some very simple words, the main one that stood out for me was Linux, she pronounces it (line-ex) when it is pronounced (Lin-ex). That and the other mispronunciations of some very simple every day computing words drove me a little nuts But other than that she was a joy to listen to.
This book is very thoughtful and well researched. It is really quite facinating. I felt like I got to know the Anons, their world(s) and a variety of dangers that I never even knew existed. I thought the characterization of the key "players" in LOLs raids were particularly strong and allowed me to connect with the people behind the screen names. In the end, I even felt sympathy for the characters and the "crimes" they had committed.
While the middle section of the book seemed to drag I throughly enjoyed most of the book. I was left feeling very sympathetic for some of the people who were naively sucked into commiting felonies that at the time they thought were harmless pranks. It was stricking and un-nereving to see how easy these people can disrupt internet commerce or hack into private information.
If you think you understand Anonymous because you watched 20/20 or Fox News, you should listen to this book. Parmy Olson does a great job introducing us to the mindset behind Anonymous and explaining how the press, law enforcement and the government don't understand the concept. You will be taken on a tour of the individuals who made governments shake their heads and corporations foam at the mouth. You'll find yourself wondering "why" at times and at others you'll be shaking your head in agreement.
I would highly recommend this audio book. Abby Craden does a wonderful job with the narration although I found it amusing at times as most of the quotes she reads require her to imitate mail voices. All and all, I found the narration smooth and enjoyable.
This book starts out as an interesting, intriguing book about a group of computer hackers and their exploits. Later, however, it gets bogged down in a great deal of biographical info that could have been abbreviated or summarized. Yes, it is interesting to know the background of the hackers and why/how they got into the business of hacking. After a while I just couldn't listen to the narrator describe one more stupid trick on an unsuspecting target such as a restaurant or fast food purveyor. Didn't go further. If it got more serious or more interesting later in the book, I will never know.
Don't know if I would try another book. I have come to trust Audible listener ratings overall, not just the good reviews highlighted in the email newsletters
Yes, I think it is a good look into Anonymous and cyber attacks.
Used a different narrator. I caught myself cringing at some Abby Craden's accents.
Yes, I definitely will listen to it again once I have caught up on other books. This is must read/listen stuff for the modern Internet/computer user. Very helpful in not only learning what vulnerabilities exist, but it also provides a keen insight into the mentality of the people doing it. If nothing else it should teach us once and for all the importance of properly password use.
If you are like me, you followed the story of Anonymous in the popular press. If so, you know about 10% of the story, most of which is completely wrong. This book tells the story of an important, emerging phenomenon that will shape our society for good or ill for many years to come. The book is well-researched and the story well-told. It is interesting and occasionally compelling. While the notion of a narrator reading chat-logs from the inner sanctum of Anonymous sounds boring, it is not. The author tells the broader story of the Anons who organized the most famous "operations" or attacks / hacks on Paypal, Scientology, HB Gary etc. The narrator brings the characters to life reasonably well, although the narration is occasionally marred by mispronunciations ("kern" for "CERN"). Oh, and also, this book will scare the stuffing out of you. If you think anything on your computer is private any longer, you couldn't be more wrong. Ironically, the "leaders" of Anonymous made that same mistaken assumption--a fact that drives the narrative to its conclusion.
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