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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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    Kevin Harrisburg, PA, United States 03-21-13
    Kevin Harrisburg, PA, United States 03-21-13
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    "Very good account of the rise and fall of LulzSec"
    What made the experience of listening to We Are Anonymous the most enjoyable?

    Good performance and detailed account without being too techy.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    In the end, all criminals eventually slip up. The lulz was on them.


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

    Tariopy, the spokesman. No one is completely good or completely bad. The book included a good profile of him.


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    Mike 11-10-12
    Mike 11-10-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Other than mispronunciations is was great."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great look inside the real world of Anonymous & lulzsec, it will really educate the uniformed.


    Have you listened to any of Abby Craden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


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    Ryan Atlanta, GA, United States 09-16-12
    Ryan Atlanta, GA, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting and a little scary"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 09-07-12
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 09-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Eye opening and scary look at the internet"

    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.

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    amanda 09-03-12
    amanda 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very enjoyable"

    A good read! Opened my eyes to the complicated world of hacking and social engineering. Great narrator!

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    J. Webb Massachusetts 08-24-12
    J. Webb Massachusetts 08-24-12 Listener Since 2001
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    "Not So Anonymous..."

    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.

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    QQMKXP938 08-12-12
    QQMKXP938 08-12-12
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    "Starts Great But Gets Boring"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Parmy Olson? Why or why not?

    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


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    Andy Joplin, Missouri 08-07-12
    Andy Joplin, Missouri 08-07-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Interesting story, wrong choice for narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think it is a good look into Anonymous and cyber attacks.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Used a different narrator. I caught myself cringing at some Abby Craden's accents.


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    Anthony Annandale, Vatican City State (Holy See) 07-30-12
    Anthony Annandale, Vatican City State (Holy See) 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fascinating!"
    Would you listen to We Are Anonymous again? Why?

    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.


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    Robert Encino, CA, United States 07-13-12
    Robert Encino, CA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2003
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    "An important and educational story, well-told"

    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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