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.
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.