Underground (Dreyfus book)

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Author Suelette Dreyfus
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Non-Fiction
Publisher Reed Books Australia
Publication date
Media type Paperback
Pages 321 (Online version)
ISBN 1-86330-595-5
OCLC 37877053
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.

The book also mentions other hackers who had contacts with the protagonists, among them Erik Bloodaxe of the Legion of Doom and Corrupt of the Masters of Deception.

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.[3] 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.[4] It reached 400,000 downloads within two years.[3] 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 on Phoenix and Electron, was inspired by this book.

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  1. ^ Khatchadourian, Raffi (June 7, 2010). "No Secrets". The New Yorker. 
  2. ^ Underground, Chapter 8 (naming the three members of the IS group)
  3. ^ a b Lagan, Bernard (10 April 2010). "International man of mystery". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  4. ^ "A Recipe Straight From the Heart". Wired. 13 February 2001. 

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