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    Question Teen hackers dispel the myth of the lonely nerd.

    Verton's book, which focuses on the exploits of a series of code-happy US teenagers, aims to dispel the myth of the lone computer nerd and take the reader into the mind of youngsters who are obsessed with trying to hack into other people's IT systems.

    Verton starts his account with the Milwaukee-based "414s" which was one of the first teenage hacker groups to gain notoriety in the US. Its members were arrested by the FBI in 1983 and convicted of breaking into more than 60 computer systems. He believes that this group was pivotal in increasing awareness of computer hacking, software cracking and Web site defacement. Their case made it apparent that all sorts of US teenagers were attracted to this sub-culture.

    In the first five months of 2001, hackers defaced more than 6,000 Web sites. Teenagers, or hacking groups comprised mostly of teenagers, conducted the vast majority of these defacements, according to security experts and the FBI. The book explores social issues, explains what motivates hackers to strike, and tells the life stories of the rank and file of the teenage hacker sub-culture. It also includes interviews with FBI agents who successfully infiltrated hacker chatrooms.

    The book asks why these apparently normal teenagers got involved in hacking in the first place. Verton looks at how they think, what it was like for them growing up, and finds out what the internal and external pressures were that pushed them into the hacker underground - and what they found once they got there.

    In one chapter Verton describes the lives of two young boys who lived hundreds of miles apart in totally different social conditions but found themselves sharing a passion for hacking throughout their teenage years. Both stopped short of serious criminal acts and instead opted for careers in computer security.

    In their own words, the pair explain why they engaged in hacking, and present their views on their parents, friends, the development of the Internet, and the role of business in society.

    The author states that, contrary to media stereotypes, many of these people are athletic, well-liked and indistinguishable from the rest of their friends. He also points out that an increasing number of them are female.

    Anna Moore, a 15-year-old whose online identity is Starla Pureheart, explains how she gave up her early forays into denial of service attacks to become the first female hacker to win the ethical hacking contest at the annual Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas in 2001.

    Despite tales such as this, the book does not neglect the real hardliners. Verton profiles the rise and fall of "Mafiaboy", who at the age of 15 launched a series of high-profile denial of service attacks and caused more than $1bn worth of damage.

    "I set out to explore the real lives of real teenage hackers," explains Verton. "We rarely get to see below the surface to expose the real people behind the headlines. The hacker underground cannot be defined by newspaper headlines or scary hacker nicknames - it's much more complicated than that."

    The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers by Dan Verton is published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne Media. ISBN: 0-07-222364-2

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    i just thought this was interesting.. wut about you?
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    Looks like an intresting book... I think I'm going to pick it up.

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    Good post......


    You should give BlackCode some credit for the article though. I just read the exact same article here.......

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    O.O I just realized that i didn't add the "credit links". my bad.

    thank you confirmed_kill =)

    yeah.. that article is found over at Blackcode.com =)

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    Nice Book, I hope to pick it up. I remember the MafiaBoy case....

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    lol =)
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    And on the other side, I AM a lonely nerd, and am not a hacker, so there ya go.
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    I don't know if the stereotypical "teenage hacker" is a lonely nerd. I thought it was more of a punk with a backwards cap that uses the same exploit over and over again. Personally, I think that teenage hackers have a bad reputation. You instantly think "script kiddie" and I think this is a shame.

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    I think it was an excellent post. The point was made and things were brought to a forefront on how things really are and not some crazy @$$ I am hacking the worlds biggest computer from my Palm Pilot (which I think are gay) I agree with Jethro that when you think hackers from the media perspective you think of someone who just writes script or runs what other people left behind...the real perspective is that hackers and wanna-be's all come from different areas and walks of life, from the 30yr (no offence) guy who edit's his company's database so that it works better for him, or the 15 yr that still thinks that calling breast "boobies" are the right way to say it...Very good post and I may get the book!
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    Saw this book a few weeks ago; and after this post, I decided to read it.
    I read the first few chapters only because, I ran out of time before i had to go to work. And from what I saw, it looked good. Entertaining read. Goes into detail about the 'modern' day hackers. Well, i wouldn't really call some of the ppl in the book hackers, more like script kiddies. But anyhow, its a good read.
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