Item description for Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent by Ryan Russell, Russ Rogers, Jay Beale, Joe Grand, Fyodor , Fx & Paul Craig...
The first book in the "Stealing the Network" series was called a "blockbuster" by Wired magazine, a"refreshing change from more traditional computer books" by Slashdot.org, and "an entertaining and informative look at the weapons and tactics employed by those who attack and defend digital systems" by Outline. This follow-onbookonce again combines a set of fictional storieswith real technologyto show readers the danger that lurks in the shadows of the information securityindustry... Could hackers take over a continent?
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Reviews - What do customers think about Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent?
Fun, Fun, Fun Aug 1, 2006
I read a lot of technical books and also a lot of spy books. This mashed both of my favorite types of books. The authors who are hackers themselves did a great job of creating a story. I would recommend, and have recommended this book to a lot of people.
Fun, Entertaining... Oct 26, 2005
but the writing certainly isn't the best. They're a bunch of computer geeks writing about what they know best, and they make it entertaining as heck. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys computers.
How do you make a how-to-hack book into a compelling read? Sep 21, 2005
Well, you can make a novel out of it.
Which is precisely what the folks at Syngress Publishing have done. The MO here is to gather a group of experts in the 'hacking' field. Then, have them each write a chapter that focuses in on their sub-area of expertise. Finally tie all the chapters together with an overriding thread, in this case an uber-geek villian looking to make a final score.
And it works quite well. If you are going to pull this off, then there is a balance between the techno-speak portions and the traditional elements of a novel (plot, characterization, etc). Granted, given this books target audience, it can pile on plenty of the technology and be just fine. But you can't igonre the story.
Most of the contributing authors are able to hold up the 'story' side as well as the 'tech' side. Some do not, and this is why I gave it 4 stars. In particular, one chapter so muddles the character motivations, plot lines, and timeline that the novel is not quite able to recover with a wholy satisfying ending.
I never expected Dickens, though. I did hope to broaden my knowledge of hacking - the hows and whys while being entertained. And 'How to own a continent' delivers the goods in a unique and fresh way. Kudos, and thanks.
Nice! Sep 8, 2005
Nice book, seemed with hacker's novel!! Pretty good read for fun. :)
Good Book Jul 19, 2005
How to Own a Continent is the first Stealing the Network book I have read and although it kept me on the edge of my seat I was displeased with the ending. The book uses real tools and real methods on how these "hacks" occur but the end just leaves you hanging with no closure. While reading the book you think there is no better book for hacking theory and what it takes to pull hard hacks. But this book does leave you with a little bit of a bad taste in your mouth. Forthe most part the book was great but the ending was lacking.