For those of us who don't know the difference between a botnet and a SQL injection, computer hacking is both simultaneously intriguing and frightening. The seeming ability to outsmart and damage large companies and even governments with a few keystrokes is awe-striking to say the least. Parmy Olson's book We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of Lulzsec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency takes an in-depth look into real world hackers, their exploits, and even their eventual downfall.
These aren't just any hackers, either. Olson's book details members of infamous hacker groups and internet denizens from Anonymous and Lulzsec, some of the more powerful groups in recent history. Olson's book is of note not only for exposing such organizations so deeply, but also for humanizing the subjects as well. It's easy to think of hackers as pimply-faced basement dwellers, but the book helps paint a better picture of these individuals' humanity and their motivations. While the book sometimes gets bogged down in very detailed accounts of the technical details involved in hacking, overall it is an exciting and rewarding read, especially for those who want to learn more about modern computer 'hacktivism'.
Tim @ Central