Hackers and Hacking: A Reference Handbook

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What defines the social world of hackers? How do individuals utilize hacking techniques against corporations, governments, and the general public? And what motivates them to do so? This book traces the origins of hacking from the 1950s to today and provides an in-depth exploration of the ways in which hackers define themselves, the application of malicious and ethical hacking techniques, and how hackers' activities are directly tied to the evolution of the technologies we use ...

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Overview

What defines the social world of hackers? How do individuals utilize hacking techniques against corporations, governments, and the general public? And what motivates them to do so? This book traces the origins of hacking from the 1950s to today and provides an in-depth exploration of the ways in which hackers define themselves, the application of malicious and ethical hacking techniques, and how hackers' activities are directly tied to the evolution of the technologies we use every day.

Rather than presenting an overly technical discussion of the phenomenon of hacking, this work examines the culture of hackers and the technologies they exploit in an easy-to-understand format. Additionally, the book documents how hacking can be applied to engage in various forms of cybercrime, ranging from the creation of malicious software to the theft of sensitive information and fraud—acts that can have devastating effects upon our modern information society.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This unique addition to the Contemporary World Issues series enables the nontechie to better comprehend this worldwide issue of cybercrime. . . . A worthwhile addition to the reference collections of high school, academic, and public libraries." - Booklist

"This text is well written and timely. Individuals will find the book's organization and layout to be user-friendly. This text will complement a variety of libraries, including personal and professional libraries.' - ARBA

"Hackers and Hacking is a good reference work for novices and enthusiasts who want to gain a better understanding of today's technology-infused world." - Choice

From the Publisher

"This unique addition to the Contemporary World Issues series enables the nontechie to better comprehend this worldwide issue of cybercrime. . . . A worthwhile addition to the reference collections of high school, academic, and public libraries."

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Booklist

School Library Journal
10/01/2013
. ebook available. LC 2013007935.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610692762
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2013
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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