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Approaching Zero: The Extraordinary Underworld of Hackers, Phreakers, Virus Writers, and Keyboard Criminals
by Paul Mungo
A place has been created that has no physical dimensions. It can only be reached with a computer. You can hear it in the hum of a modem or the whistle of a fax machine, and see it in the lines on a computer screen, but you can never touch it. This place is a network of connections - from microwaves and fiber-optical cables to telephones, computers, and data banks, it is an ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 16th 1993 by Random House
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I really enjoyed this book, it was well written for the most part and very engaging throughout. It tells the story of the computer underworld, starting with the phone phreakers who traversed the phone system, then moving into the early computer hackers who were primarily into knowledge accumulation and finally into more recent hackers/crackers who cross the border into illegal activities. I would recommend the book for anyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating world of technology exp ...more
The book is a nice account of history of hacking from first phreakers (phone hackers) to modern hackers (modern as in ca. 2000). Interesting stories about key figures of cyber-underworld history, with healthy dose of skepticism. Moderately detailed on technical level, accessible to a layman in my opinion.