In one of several meanings of the word in computing, a hacker is a member of the computer programmer subculture originated in the 1960s in the United States academia, in particular around the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s Tech Model Railroad Club (TMRC) and MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Nowadays, this subculture is mainly associated with the free software movement.
Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says "knows all of [Anonymous's] deepest, darkest secrets." Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption. She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book. The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters - such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu - emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little-understood facets of culture in the Internet age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavia Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007051/bk_tant_007051_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Internet Besieged features interesting, alarming, original, and recently published writing about the vulnerability of the computer networks we use every day, and timely recommendations for strengthening network security. More than thirty chapters by leading figures in the field of security range from fairly technical explanations of encryption and detection systems to popular accounts of hacker attacks and the cyberpunk subculture. The book provides a history of awareness of Internet security risks while exploring the social, legal, political, and ethical implications of these security breaches and their suggested countermeasures.