Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

The Many Faces of Anonymous

eBook - 2014
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Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the -- Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: London [England] :, Verso,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781781685846
1781685843
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Summary: Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the -- Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy From the Hardcover edition.

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KateHillier Feb 04, 2016

We've learned to expect them whenever the internet is threatened, whenever our rights are threatened, whenever the powers that be need to be reminded that they are not immune to criticism and mockery. Think what you will about Anonymous, they're out there and they are everyone and no one.

But really they started out on 4chan in the /b/ forums, which has some of the most awesome and the most terrible stuff on the internet. Fitting that Anonymous can be both here.

What this book takes on is the origins and and Gabriella Coleman spends long hours, openly telling the Anons she meets that she's doing research, in chatrooms and watching how Ops start and finish and how consensus, if such a thing is possible, is reached. What follows is a study of tricksters (which perhaps could have been shorter), and an almost play by play running history of the author's experiences with Anonymous as the big hacks happen and splinter groups like LulzSec and AntiSec appear and disappear over what seems like no time at all as big Ops go down and members appear and disappear. There are lots, and lots of chat logs and some of those could have been shortened a bit. Otherwise I really enjoyed reading this. I loved especially reading a book in what I felt like was my language while at the same time filling people in who may not understand acronyms and internet terms and shorthand. I blasted through it and really, really enjoyed it.

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hgibbins
Jan 05, 2016

Very well written, but a little hard to follow in places if you aren't up on current events. Highly recommended!

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DEWLine
Jan 31, 2015

Looks like the interest level on this book was underestimated.

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pl8
Nov 15, 2014

BS. The government has been recruiting hackers for quite some time. Why? Obviously because they have so much in common and its easy to dangle a carrot of some meaningless sense of power-tripping self-esteem to lure these pathologically insecure narcissists into drinking the kool aid. And of course they love to toot their own horn and romanticize their own history, as though we are to believe that they are not themselves a major part of the problem. These people have no ethics and no sense of community and are unfortunately low enough to use perfectly legitimate and important political causes as a mask. Although no one else will admit it, someone like Assange is rare and for every one of him their are countless others who have no interest in justice or facts (unless it directly benefits them).The 4th Amendment still matters and the old excuse of "but its different when we do it, we're exceptional" is unacceptable. Don't buy into this self-aggrandizing propaganda.

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StarGladiator
Nov 14, 2014

[Read this book, and David Shafer's book, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, then Google /// Trovicor Monitoring Center \\\ and /// Wikileaks Spy File \\\.] 20 big stars for this outstanding achievement from Canadian anthropologist, Gabriella Coleman. The description describes this book as the ultimate book, and for once the reader just can't argue. The author gives the most exhaustively complete accounting for everything regarding Anonymous, government players, and the connected people and events. She even covers Amber Lyon, that former CNN journalist [fired by them for her attempt to report the news on what was really happening in Bahrain, and elsewhere]. [Just one correction: on p.371 Jaclyn Friedman is mentioned and incorrectly called a feminist - - perhaps a certifiable airhead. To mention Friedman one must also mention that she was published through an imprint then owned by Perseus Books, then owned by Perseus LLC, then listed as the business address of American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc. {American branch of the Bilderbergers}, whose then listed directors were/are David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger and Richard Perle - - still unsure about Jaclyn Friedman? Who was dispatched to attack WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Anonymous?] freejeremy.net [Loved Ms. C's comments on those TED talks, BTW.]

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StarGladiator
Nov 14, 2014

[5/2015 Update: Anonymous tips off Garland, Texas police 2 days prior to attempted armed attack on anti-muslim drawing contest where 2 attackers killed. Now why can't the CIA, NSA, or DIA ever do this? ? ?]
Who receives the longest jail term in America, the rapists, or those who uncover their rapes? 20 big stars for this outstanding achievement from Canadian anthropologist, Gabriella Coleman. The description describes this book as the ultimate book, and for once the reader just can't argue. The author gives the most exhaustively complete accounting for everything regarding Anonymous, government players, and the connected people and events. [Just one correction: on p.371 Jaclyn Friedman is mentioned and incorrectly called a feminist - - perhaps a certifiable airhead. To mention Friedman one must also mention that she was published through an imprint then owned by Perseus Books, then owned by Perseus LLC, then listed as the business address of American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc. {American branch of the Bilderbergers}, whose then listed directors were/are David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger and Richard Perle - - still unsure about Jaclyn Friedman? Who was dispatched to attack WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Anonymous?]

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RickLeir
Apr 08, 2016

There are several books about Anonymous but this is the one to read. Coleman is an Anthropologist so you might expect dry academic writing. No, this is well written and almost grippping because Coleman immersed herself in the movement and her involvement is palpable. The book is recommended by Glen Greenwald of WikiLeaks fame.

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