Underground (Suelette Dreyfus book)
|Publisher||Reed Books Australia|
|Pages||321 (Online version)|
|LC Class||HV6773.3.A8 D74 1997|
Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier is a 1997 book by Suelette Dreyfus, researched by Julian Assange. It describes the exploits of a group of Australian, American, and British black hat hackers during the late 1980s and early 1990s, among them Assange himself.
- Craig Bowen (nickname), administrator of two important Australian BBS (Pacific Island and Zen)
- Par, a.k.a. The Parmaster, an American hacker who avoided capture by the United States Secret Service from July 1989 to November 1991
- Phoenix, Electron and Nom, who were convicted in the first major Australian trial for computer crimes
- Pad and Gandalf, the British founders of the notorious 8lgm group
- the Australian Mendax (Julian Assange) and Prime Suspect, who managed to penetrate the DDN, NIC and the Nortel internal network, and the phreaker Trax. Together, the three were known as the "International Subversives".
- Anthrax, another Australian hacker and phreaker
- Ripmax, another Australian hacker and phreaker
- Spy, another Australian hacker and phreaker
The first chapter of Underground relates the diffusion and reactions of the computer security community to the WANK worm that attacked DEC VMS computers over the DECnet in 1989 and was purportedly coded by a Melbourne hacker.
The book has sold 10,000 copies as of 2010. The author made the electronic edition of the book freely available in 2001, when it was announced on Slashdot, the server housing the book crashed due to the demand for the book. It reached 400,000 downloads within two years. The original download site www.underground-book.com was taken over in 2008 and now offers a link to Amazon where copies of the book may still be available. The site www.underground-book.net has the book freely available in electronic form.
The 2002 documentary In the Realm of the Hackers, directed by Kevin Anderson and centered around Phoenix and Electron, was inspired by this book.
- Khatchadourian, Raffi (June 7, 2010). "No Secrets". The New Yorker.
- Underground, Chapter 8 (naming the three members of the IS group)
- Lagan, Bernard (10 April 2010). "International man of mystery". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
- "A Recipe Straight From the Heart". Wired. 13 February 2001.
- Underground: Hacking, madness and obsession on the electronic frontier by Dreyfus at Project Gutenberg
- Online version of the book
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