Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We are Anonymous Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson

Genre:  Non-Fiction
Published by:  Little Brown & Company
Pages:  Hard Cover
Rating:  8 JAGS
Parmy Olson pulls the back the curtain to show us a thriving hacker culture in We are Anonymous. Started in chat rooms of 4chan to initiate pranks called lutz on unsuspecting people and businesses, Anonymous has evolved into a force of cyber warfare and has taken the charge to champion a free internet while exposing corporations and governments.  Amassing a digital following of hackers all across the world, Anonymous has brought down and defaced such sites for The Church of Scientology, Westboro Baptist Church, The Vatican, PayPal, Master Card and Visa and even the FBI, before infighting and betrayal exposed the small collective who orchestrated this movement.
Who are they? What do they want? Are they friends or foes? Are they helping or hurting freedoms on the internet? Parmy Olson tries to answer these questions among countless others, as she goes behind the scenes in interviews with the core group that call themselves Anonymous. What she uncovers in not only a digital war being played out online, but paranoia, manipulation and shocking betrayals.
We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us

This is a definite buy new. Parmy Olson has given us a glimpse at a world where there are no secrets that cannot be revealed. Whoever holds the key, is king, and the fight to stay on top is a currency that everyone should be made aware of. This book was bone chilling and scary at what is capable with just a few keystrokes. This book will keep you up at night. In the end, Anonymous has the potential as a movement that could change the world for the better, but only time will tell.

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