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Gone are the days when hackers were pimply-faced nerds hanging out in their parents' basements. Today's hackers are often daring international cyber-thieves, pulling off multi-million rip-offs. Until his conviction in September, Max Butler (a.k.a. Max Ray Vision) was at the top of that ignominious heap, raking in more cash and credit card numbers than even he could process. Kevin Poulsen's Kingpin follows Max in his metamorphoses from a "white hat" software security designer into a stealthy syndicate head who engineered a hostile takeover of the hacker underground. Max's story serves as a total immersion tutorial on what these virtual backdoor bandits are doing to transform crime.