Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called

Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien"

by Jeremy N. Smith


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544903210
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 104,705
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

JEREMY N. SMITH writes regularly for the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Discover, and he and his work have been featured by CNN, NPR News, and Wired, among other outlets. Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, he is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Montana.

Table of Contents

Author's Note viii

Preface: The Hacker Next Door ix

Part I Course 19 1

1 Inside Out 3

2 The Coffeehouse Club 20

3 Earth to Alien 42

4 A Death in the Family 56

Part II In Security 65

5 Up All Night 67

6 I Spy 83

7 Wild Wild Web 101

8 A Hackable Heart Transplant 120

Part III Agents and Jedis 139

9 Capture the Flag 141

10 Check, Please 156

11 Up in the Air 180

12 Europe on Five Hacks a Day 202

Part IV Owner's Manual 219

13 The Bartender 221

14 The Best Around 241

15 Phoning Home 264

Epilogue: Fast Forward 287

Acknowledgments 291

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Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien" 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
1917027 4 months ago
You don’t have to be a techie to get engaged in this story of a young woman who goes from learning the ropes at MIT to blazing trails in cyber security. The adventurous neophyte’s transformation into innovative entrepreneur covers a lot of ground, and Jeremy Smith is an astute guide. We’re taken into a wide variety of settings, among which I found the Los Alamos National Laboratory especially interesting. In her first job out of college “Alien,” our heroine, works in the nuclear nonproliferation and international security division at Los Alamos on improving the code for an outer space surveillance system. Her other training grounds are closer to home, including institutions in which readers will feel a direct stake: government agencies, hospitals, airlines, banks. The brash and nimble Alien uses her hacking skills to find vulnerabilities in information systems and her acting skills to expose employees who succumb to manipulation. There are scenes ready to go into the screenplay. “I will hate you forever,” says one branch bank manager whom Alien has led to reveal the combination of the vault. The reader isn’t kept cooped up all the time. There’s a road-trip feeling to parts of the book, and (among other evocative scene-setting) a beautifully-described motorcycle ride in the mountains of New Mexico. Be on the lookout for it when you read Chapter 7.