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May 15 2003 1931836876 978-1931836876 1
"Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box" is NOT intended to be a "install, configure, update, troubleshoot, and defend book." It is also NOT another one of the countless Hacker books out there. So, what IS it? It is an edgy, provocative, attack-oriented series of chapters written in a first hand, conversational style. World-renowned network security personalities present a series of 25 to 30 page chapters written from the point of an attacker who is gaining access to a particular system. This book portrays the "street fighting" tactics used to attack networks and systems.

Not just another "hacker" book, it plays on "edgy" market success of Steal this Computer Book with first hand, eyewitness accounts
A highly provocative expose of advanced security exploits
Written by some of the most high profile "White Hats", "Black Hats" and "Gray Hats"
Gives readers a "first ever" look inside some of the most notorious network intrusions

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"...the reader will find this an informative, instructive and even entertaining book." - Managing Risk magazine

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Anyone with an interest in network security and wants to look into the mind of a network cracker/hacker.
This book is mostly a series of fictional stories written in first-person narrative on what happens during a network attack or an investigation into an attack.
The book is divided into the following chapters: Hide And Seek; The Worm Turns; Just Another Day At The Office; h3X's Adventures In Networkland; The Thief No One Saw; Flying The Friendly Skies; dis-card; Social (in)Security; BabelNet; The Art Of Tracking; The Laws Of Security
All too often the topic of network security becomes an academic exercise, until it's too late. Companies might know what they should do, and they might even think they are beyond attack. But to a motivated person, your system may be nothing more than swiss cheese. Stealing The Network takes you beyond the technical and into the psychology of an attack.
Stealing The Network is a series of fictional stories about network attacks of various sorts. Hide And Seek is an attack on a company's network by a person upset with poor customer service. He steals a credit card file and posts it for others to use. The Worm Turns is an all-night hacking session to dissect the latest internet virus and post a patch before any of the other anti-virus firms do so. Just Another Day At The Office is a story of hacking for organized crime against a firm developing a new type of land mine, and involves both network and physical building intrusion. While it might be easy to dismiss these as the result of a vivid imagination, the reality is that all of these attacks are done on a daily basis. They may even have happened to you at your company, and you just don't know it yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not to bad. March 13 2004
Overall I enjoyed this book. I felt it was a good read and although some of the "hacks" were hard to beleive on a technical level. It did get me thinking. I was entertained throughout and I would recommend this book to other IT or security professionals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but a good read March 13 2004
In some ways I though this would be a recipe book of hacks like most in this category. This book has great stories about hacks from the hackers point of view. It is a lot of fun following the thought process as the hack's progress. There is a technical side to the book, but its buried within the stories. I will go back through the book again and make notes of the different techniques used.
So if you're tired of seeing screen shots of a debugger doing hex dump for some nerd stealing or saving the world and want some realistic stories, this is the book to get.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the beef? March 7 2004
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Well, this book *sounded* great. In fact, after taking a look at it I wondered if I'd received the correct item. For this price I'd expect more content. Instead, it's a bunch of stories. That's fine, and for maybe 15 bucks I'd buy it for airplane reading.
To be fair, it's advertised as supposedly fictional accounts. I guess I was just hoping that there was something meaty here. (Get it? Where's the beef? Hee hee.)
Spend your money on some of the classics instead, unless you're one of the few with disposable income.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Interesting Jan. 21 2004
While this is not the best book for an introduction into the technical issues surrounding hacking, it is an entertaining approach to some of the issues. The book is not meant to be an instruction course for hacking but rather just some fun stories about hacking. No, the stories didn't actually happen, but most of them could, possibly with a little stretching. I like the book and I think it's a lot of fun to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Novel Nov. 13 2003
I was not very impressed with the publishing of this book. There were many typos and issues involving supposed screen prints that could not be adequately viewed.
The book was actually written as a novel and not actual incidents. With the number of true incidents occurring or that have occurred, using such incidents would have been much more useful.
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I saw this book on the shelves and started flipping through it. Next thing I know it was a half hour later and I was still sitting on the floor with the same book in my lap.
In particular I wanted to read the chapter about H3x's adventure in networkland, since it seemed the most intriguing. She's a sexy female hacker that hits nightclubs and has a neon social life - so already we know the story is fiction, right?
I noticed that the author of one of the chapters posted a review. I didn't pay attention to which chapter and don't have the book in front of me, but he states that all the methods used are possible. Well, you can't have a technical book without subjecting it to technical scrutiny. Here's where the meat of my review weighs in: H3x's adventures sometimes make no sense, and other times are technically wrong. Let me explain.
First she realizes the changes she made on the routers at a university were logged to a syslog server, so she hacks that to cover her tracks by taking out the network address she used. Nevermind that she configured the routers to point a GRE tunnel to her home network, and then set "0wn3d" (or something similar) as the interface desription. Isn't that like sneaking tiptoe through a house late at night with a blaring stereo on your shoulders? And what kind of pipe would be going into her home to be able to keep up with an ethernet connection on a campus network? At this point everything is still technically possible, although somewhat unbelievable. Still - this is fiction after all.
The administrators catch wind of this and do all the obligatory password and community string changes, tightening of security with access lists and pant-wetting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cyberpunk Now
This book reminds me of Neuromancer and Burning Chrome by William Gibson. Same atmosphere, same short story format. I loved this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2003 by C. Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept
There are many books out there on security this one manages to be unique. I love the way they take real accurate information about various ways to get around security and break... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by C. W. Kraft
5.0 out of 5 stars I SURRENDER ALREAY!
Not much scares me. I've seen a lot in my life. As a security engineer, this book scares. It makes me want to quit my day job and just go sell suntan lotion on the beach. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction in Real Life
Is this book relevant? Read chapter 2 and compare it to the events of the last two weeks - Blaster and Nachi (the fixer) I started telling people around the office about the... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003 by Michael Piscatello
5.0 out of 5 stars Making geeks exciting
This book is awesome! I read a lot of boring technical books, and this was one hell of a break from the extreme dullness. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2003 by "frant1c"
5.0 out of 5 stars How am I expected to ever be able to sleep again?
After reading this book, I realize that no matter how hard I work at keeping our networks secure, there will always be a vulnerability that can be exploited by those talented in... Read more
Published on July 24 2003
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