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At Large: The Strange Case of the World's Biggest Internet Invasion

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Hailed as "a chilling portrait" by The Boston Globe and "a crafty thriller" by Newsweek, this astonishing story of an obsessive hacker promises to change the way you look at the Internet forever.
At Large chronicles the massive manhunt that united hard-nosed FBI agents, computer nerds, and uptight security bureaucrats against an elusive computer outlaw who broke into high
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 3rd 1998 by Simon Schuster (first published 1997)
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Michael Mitsuda
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it

Way too many people involved being ignorant of the technology they were using and blaming others for their mistakes.

Sad that these kinds of "invasions" are still happening and on a much higher scale.
Ulyana Kubini
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
There were multiple parts of the book in which I found myself confused, not necessarily because I am not someone who understands computers particularly well, but because the actual plot changes point of view so often, sometimes multiple times in one chapter. Although the author did make sure to give readers the definition of technical terms, and did a fair job explaining how the computer systems work, I personally still had to look up multiple words to better understand what was going on with th ...more
Eric Starker
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a fun nostalgic read that was much more interesting to me because I knew several of the players personally (one of whom, Patrick, recommended this book to me) from growing up in Portland and hanging out on online bulletin board systems. It’s also interesting to look back at the onset of cybersecurity and how little people cared about it - which is clearly taken very seriously now. The only flaw I found was the book felt very meandering and could have been structured better.
L. Farmer
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this. It's amazing. It would make a perfect retro 90's movie. Maybe with Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Paul Dano in a key role. ...more
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I really enjoyed this book.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another one I read in high school. I recall enjoying it.
Christopher Brehm
Very interesting narrative story exploring the story of this hacking incident. I found it to be a page turner.
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