Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity

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The first two books in this series “Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box” and “Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent” have become classics in the Hacker and Infosec communities because of their chillingly realistic depictions of criminal hacking techniques.

In this third installment, the all-star cast of authors tackle one of the fastest growing crimes in the world: Identity Theft. Now, the criminal hackers readers have grown to both love and hate try to cover their ...

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Overview

The first two books in this series “Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box” and “Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent” have become classics in the Hacker and Infosec communities because of their chillingly realistic depictions of criminal hacking techniques.

In this third installment, the all-star cast of authors tackle one of the fastest growing crimes in the world: Identity Theft. Now, the criminal hackers readers have grown to both love and hate try to cover their tracks and vanish into thin air… "Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity" is the 3rd book in the "Stealing" series, and continues in the tradition created by its predecessors by delivering real-world network attack methodologies and hacking techniques within a context of unique and original fictional accounts created by some of the world's leading security professionals and computer technologists. The seminal works in TechnoFiction, this "STN" collection yet again breaks new ground by casting light upon the mechanics and methods used by those lurking on the darker side of the Internet, engaging in the fastest growing crime in the world: Identity theft.

Cast upon a backdrop of "Evasion," surviving characters from "How to Own a Continent" find themselves on the run, fleeing from both authority and adversary, now using their technical prowess in a way they never expected—to survive.

• The first two books in the series were best-sellers and have established a cult following within the Hacker and Infosec communities
• Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the world, and financial loss from identity theft is expected to reach $2 trillion by the end of 2005
• All of the authors on the book are world renowned, highly visible information security experts who present at all of the top security conferences including Black Hat, DefCon, and RSA and write for the most popular magazines and Web sites including Information Security Magazine, and SecurityFocus.com. All of these outlets will be used to promote the book

"Steal This Network" is not another of the countless hacker books out there, but an edgy, provocative, attack-oriented series of chapters written in a firsthand, conversational style. World-renowned network security personalities present a series of 25-to-30-page chapters written from the point of view of an attacker who is gaining access to a particular system.

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Stealing the Network is a refreshing change from more traditional computer books. The authors have created fictional stories based on non-fictional concepts that could really happen to our computer systems today. The realistic fiction approach makes the book much lighter to read and actually entertaining. I also believe this approach makes the true methods behind the fictional stores much more memorable then memorizing thousand page textbooks.

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Stealing The Network: How to Own the Box, a compendium of tales written by well-known hackers, is a perfect summer read. The stories are fictional. The technology and techniques described are very real … At 328 pages, Stealing the Network is a summer blockbuster without the nonsense that packs the pages of most warm-weather reads. It's entertaining, but it won't leave your brain gagging on an overdose of fluff.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597490061
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Series: Stealing the Network
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 1,008,484
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Hurley is a Senior Penetration Tester in the Washington, DC area. He has more than 10 years of experience performing penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and general INFOSEC grunt work. He is the founder of the WorldWide WarDrive, a four-year project to assess the security posture of wireless networks deployed throughout the world. Chris was also the original organizer of the DEF CON WarDriving contest. He is the lead author of WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 19318360305). He has contributed to several other Syngress publications, including Penetration Tester's Open Source Toolkit (ISBN: 1-5974490210), Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity (ISBN: 1597490067), InfoSec Career Hacking (ISBN: 1597490113), and OS X for Hackers at Heart (ISBN: 1597490407). He has a BS from Angelo State University in Computer Science and a whole bunch of certifications to make himself feel important.

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Read an Excerpt

From Chapter 5, The Thief No One Saw

This is my story. My name is Dex. I'm a 22-year-old systems administrator. I live in an upper-class apartment in New York's CBD. My apartment is lined with computers, coffee cups, and cables. I work eight hours a day for a small online e-commerce site, mostly managing servers and security.

In my free time, I run my own contract development company, writing mostly C/C++. I also moonlight as a "Rent a Thief" for a black market media "distribution" company based out of Taiwan. On demand, I hack into companies and steal whatever is required. Usually, it's a new, highly anticipated game or a large, expensive CAD (computer-aided design) software package. Once, I was even asked to steal software used to design a nuclear power plant. I don't ask questions. This thievery doesn't stop at software, though. There is big money in commercial plans, financial data, and customer contact lists, as well.

I do this because I enjoy the rush and the feeling of outsmarting someone else. I never tell anyone else about a hack, and to date, only a few companies I've hit even suspected that they had been hacked. I am not a part of the typical hacker community, and I always work alone....

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Table of Contents

In the Beginning; Sins of the Father; Saul on the Run; The Seventh Wave; Bl@cktoWer; The java Script Cafe; Death by a Thousand Cuts; A Really Gullible Genius Makes Amends; Near Miss; Ther's Something Else; The Chase; part II: Behind the Scenes; The Conversation; Social Insecurity;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2006

    Holy steaming piles Batman!

    If only hollywood could make a movie as good and realistic as this book.... Not a lot of specific details, but fairly realistic in terms of what people do. I can't decide if I want to be a criminal hacker or one of the 'good guys' now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    Entertaining and shocking

    This book is disturbing¿it¿s so insanely simple to steal an identity. But this shock is not without purpose. Through reading the very entertaining anecdotes about social engineering, hacking, and just plain fraud, you get a sense of what can be done to protect your identity. The book is different from what you might expect. Rather than chapter after chapter about how to do this or that, this book reads more like a novel. Through the story you get a little entertainment, learn a little about security, and learn a little about identity theft. It¿s a very different type of book than I was expecting, but I think it works well. In fact, I wonder if the only way you could write a ¿how-to¿ book of sorts on identity theft would be to write it the way this book is written. This certainly isn¿t a book that I¿d pull out and read over and over, like many of my reference books. This is a book I would read once, then think about for a very long time. Like I said, it¿s unlike anything I was ever expecting¿in a good way. Do check this one out.

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