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We Are Anonymous Audiobook

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

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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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    Tadhg Kelly London, UK 01-17-16
    Tadhg Kelly London, UK 01-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting, but accents are annoying"

    A fascinating tale, although written perhaps a little too breathlessly (there are lots of moments where the author goes into the moment and semi-fictionalizes what people were feeling or thought, which feel unfactual). In addition the voice actor performing the book tends to use put-on accents (southern, British, etc) that are really quite bad,. Would prefer if she'd just read it straight.

    Still, on the whole, the book tells a interesting and rounded story and its sense of research is to be commended. Would recommend.

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    Michael 11-28-15
    Michael 11-28-15
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    "Good story, Bad Accents"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was very good except when she performed the characters of the book speaking with accents. The accents were very bad and really made this book a difficult to listen to. Other than the accents, her narration was good. Also, it's difficult to listen to someone mispronounce Linux over and over again in a book meant for a computer savvy audience.


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    Neuron Sweden 03-12-15
    Neuron Sweden 03-12-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A well told story about the origins of the hacker"

    The hacker network known as anonymous has become very influential and receives much publicity in the world today. Yet people in general know very little about how Anonymous is actually organized or how many people are active in the network.

    In this book, author Parmy Olson, takes us backstage and tells the story of ~5 core members of this renowned hacker network. Jake a.k.a. “Topiary”, a social outcast teenager on the Shetlands, was for some time the voice of the hacker network. Kayla, a highly skilled hacker whose identity still appears uncertain. Sabu, a mexican immigrant living in the US… among others. The their shared belief that the internet should be entirely free brought these people together and through their combined expertise they managed quite a lot of havoc in the real world. Together they brought down web pages belonging to the Church of Scientology as well as the Tunisian government. Other than high profile hacks such as these the members also did multiple hacks on social network sites which are actually kind of horrific. The book also describes how the members were identified and ultimately arrested. Still as anyone who has seen the news lately knows, anonymous did not disappear with these arrests. A strength and a weakness of their organisation is their lack of… organisation... The members do not know each other personally, they do not have a leader or a chairman steering the boat and anyone can perform a hack in the name of anonymous and thus move the agenda of the organisation.

    What this book does particularly well is to give you insight into how anonymous is organized (and how it is not organized). You will learn about the types of attacks that are typically employed by the network as well as how they protect their real identities (though they were ultimately unsuccessful). The reader of this book will also learn how to protect one's identity online and how not to get fooled by social hackers. All in all, it is a very good and informative book and well worth a read if you are at all interested in anonymous or hackers in general.

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    K.W. VA 03-31-15
    K.W. VA 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, distracting performance"

    At first, the book was too much like a novel for me - talking about people's inner feelings and such - which is by my preferred kind of book. It seemed to fiction-like. Even though, I think most people enjoy that. I got used to it and found that the author did a good job of conveying the IRC goings-on in an engaging way.

    Now, the performance by the narrator....eh. I don't like to give negative reviews but man, she did not-so-great accents and read things in a way that seemed kind of cliché. I did consider returning the book but listened through because the book itself was good. I won't listen to this reader again though.

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    Petrus Toxy Law Firm 09-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lulz."

    This book have a lot of inside Information about details. It has an correct view what Anonymous is and what Anonymous isn't. It has also realistic details about hacking methods and inside Information about LulzSec. Interesting. Then there was few in e g LulzSec who had inside information. This rise questions in my book - who's the source? The book also raise an interesting question in the end - who's the missing LulzSec member? Or are there more than one missing LulzSec members? Lulz To know what I'm talking about you must listen to this audiobook. It'll give something from n00b to Skiddies and further to 1337. The performance was also top notch. You can almost believe that the narrator have met the real people behind the different identities.

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    Aaron Sattler 08-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great dramatic non-fiction story"

    Not only packed full of presumable facts about these groups and "hacking" in general, but also a captivating story that kept me intrigued and interested as if it were a great novel.

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    M con amazon 07-29-17
    M con amazon 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Informative and very well narrated"

    If you want to know more about this social concept and important movement, this book will give you relevant and detailed information about the network and ops organic organization. All though sometimes you can get a bit lost in the sea of nicknames and IRC chatrooms in the overall it serves the purpose. Great narrator, even though some of the voices are very different to the real voices of the characters, probably their on line personas would sound more like her impersonation, which makes it very interesting and entertaining.

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    Siobhan Ricci 06-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "V for Veracity"

    Accurate, unmasked, the men and women behind the screens revealed. Hacking activist/corrupted technocrats LOL

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    Payton 05-23-17
    Payton 05-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Reads like fiction, tastes like chicken"

    Couldn't put it down. The story reads like a fiction novel. Be prepared for a narrator, trying to imitate accents and failing. Enjoyed it regardless.

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    Anonymous 04-07-17
    04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "incredible in depth and beautifully told"

    this was a very well-researched book. I was pleasantly surprised as I was expecting a dud!

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