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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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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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    Ulrike Hoexter, Germany 09-11-12
    Ulrike Hoexter, Germany 09-11-12
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    "Good book but horrible performance"

    The narration of this book is just atrocious.

    Faking accents in a nonfiction book is unnecessary and the correct pronunciation of words like "Linux" and other terms relating to technology and the internet should be a requirement for narrating books like this.
    Especially when you have a book where most of the audience knows the correct wording of phrases and pronunciation of these terms.

    So all in all: compelling content let down by irritating narration.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Adam K Seattle, WA, United States 06-14-12
    Adam K Seattle, WA, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome book. Felt like a hacker fiction novel!"

    I was blown away by how exciting the author made this story. It's a fascinating look into the underground hacker culture and a wake up call to anyone who hasn't paid much attention to computer security in the past. You'll learn about the basic methods hackers use, including technical hacks and social engineering.

    The story was very approachable, Parmy Olson does a good job explaining everything tech related in a fair amount of detail without making the embarrassing mistakes that many journalists make when reporting on technology. (I'm hardly all-knowing in this area, but I'm a programmer and pretty tech savvy, so I probably would have caught any obvious flaws)

    The narrator does a wonderful job adding life to the dialogue and uses different voices for each character when reading chat logs and interview quotes. I almost felt like I was listening to a Stieg Larsson book. If you're at all interested in hackers or how a couple kids from different sides of the planet can take down the websites of massive corporations, get this book!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Troy, MI, United States 07-18-12
    Aaron Troy, MI, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent read, terrible narration"
    If you could sum up We Are Anonymous in three words, what would they be?

    Parmy Olson does an excellent job of wading into the shady world of anon and lulzsec - there are plenty of flaws, however, it is definitely worth the time and far better than I anticipated.
    The narrator, Abby Craden, on the other hand, is awful. She finishes every sentence with an affected, snide lilt and she mispronounces words on a regular basis. The worst distraction, however, are the array of dreadful accents she employs to differentiate the characters. It just about ruins the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David S. Hawkins Newport Beach, CA 03-12-14
    David S. Hawkins Newport Beach, CA 03-12-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Not so Anonymous Review"

    Just finished listening to this audio book. I found it a well written, fast paced and exciting read. While I haven't been involved in this specific area in my career, this book helped me connect the dots about much that has happened in the news over the past few years.

    Those of you here in this group that are deeply entrenched in this space may be well informed. If you are new to this area, this book is an excellent and gripping primer on what is relevant about hacking and the many breaches published over the past few years.

    I very much recommend this as an excellent listen!

    If you are no hacker, but would like to feel a bit of the excitement and speed of how this whole world works, I suggest listening to it at 3X speed...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-17-12
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2002
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    "incredibly close up look"

    Parmy Olson provides an incredibly close up and detailed view into these very specific hacker groups. She illuminates the personalities, strategies, tactics and targets involved. Solid narration too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Great Great Great!"
    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 Balicki APO, AE, US 11-11-13
    Daniel Balicki APO, AE, US 11-11-13 Member Since 2011
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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 Member Since 2011

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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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    traci Kailua, HI, United States 08-17-13
    traci Kailua, HI, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up We Are Anonymous in three words, what would they be?

    Hackers gotta hack!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of We Are Anonymous?

    The most memorable was really the opening scene. I was horrified but laughing inside at how easily the hackers took down a 'cyber security' firm's website, defaced the site, abused the CEO's twitter account and published its emails.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    If nothing else, I have learned why there are warnings to change your password frequently, use different passwords on different accounts, and to use phrases with upper case, lower case, numbers, and symbols. It was quite eye opening that the groups published lists of user names and passwords.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was engaging and felt like a quick listen up until the last hour or so. I enjoyed the walk through cyber history and how the culture evolved and morphed over time.
    A synopsis of the stories would be a valuable listen for any company who wants to really get the point across to their employees that cyber security is important.

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    Jason Edmond, OK, United States 08-16-13
    Jason Edmond, OK, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A fascinating look into Anonymous"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This is a look into Anonymous as deep as I've ever experienced back in its heyday when things were actually getting done of consequence. Whether you agree with Anonymous or not, the story is fascinating and engrossing as you get a fully fleshed out narrative of how things happened inside the collective.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Topiary. I love his personality and relate to him most of all as I am not a terribly skilled hacker, but do support the Anonymous ideals.


    What about Abby Craden’s performance did you like?

    Abby did a fantastic job of relaying the story and capturing the emotions likely behind the words in an IRC chat room.


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