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The Mezonic Agenda deals with some of the most pressing topics in technology and computer security today including: reverse engineering, cryptography, buffer overflows, and steganography. The book tells the tale of criminal hackers attempting to compromise the results of a presidential election for their own gain. The accompanying CD contains real, working versions of all the applications described in the fictional narrative of the book. Computer users, programmers, IT professionals, and policy makers need to be made aware of the risks involved with deploying new technologies and see how attackers can leverage these technologies for their own purposes. While the story in The Mezonic Agenda is fictional, the technologies, exploits, and hacking techniques are all very real.
• The first cyber-thriller" that allows the reader to "hack along" using the accompanying CD which contains working versions of all the applications described in the book.
• To be published in October 2004 when interest in the American Presidential election will be at its highest.
• Provides IT professionals with the most advanced, timely, and accurate information available on security exploits in a fascinating, fictional narrative.
Posted September 30, 2004
This is a good book for anyone wanting to learn more about electronic voting through a story as well as the back part with more technical detail. The fiction part was cool and at times funny. Definitely makes you think about this year's election.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2004
The authors elicit my grudging admiration for their skill in explaining fundamental cryptographic ideas. Like a Caesar cipher, frequency analysis and steganography. For the latter, there is a neat usage which does not involve the obvious canonical textbook example of low order bits in an image. Very clever, for those of you who appreciate such things. Sadly, though, if you regard this book primarily as a novel, then it is lacking. There is a good reason why a techno-thriller writer like Tom Clancy can sell his novels in the millions, whereas this book is unlikely to. No amount of technical jargon should be allowed to outweigh the importance of the plot and the originality of the characters, and the writing quality with which these are expressed. Here, the plot is a thin veneer on the technology and the polemic that the authors are pushing. Most of the characters (especially the villains) are one dimensional cardboard. Adding insult to injury, the book is substantially overpriced at $35. If this was priced as a standard paperback novel, it might be tolerable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.