Cult of the Dead Cow is the tale of the oldest, most respected, and most famous American hacking group of all time. Though until now it has remained mostly anonymous, its members invented the concept of hacktivism, released the top tool for testing password security, and created what was for years the best technique for controlling computers from afar, forcing giant companies to work harder to protect customers. They contributed to the development of Tor, the most important privacy tool on the net, and helped build cyberweapons that advanced US security without injuring anyone. With its origins in the earliest days of the Internet, the cDc is full of oddball characters -- activists, artists, even future politicians. Many of these hackers have become top executives and advisors walking the corridors of power in Washington and Silicon Valley. The most famous is former Texas Congressman and current presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, whose time in the cDc set him up to found a tech business, launch an alternative publication in El Paso, and make long-shot bets on unconventional campaigns.
Today, the group and its followers are battling electoral misinformation, making personal data safer, and battling to keep technology a force for good instead of for surveillance and oppression. Cult of the Dead Cow shows how governments, corporations, and criminals came to hold immense power over individuals and how we can fight back against them.
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Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
The Players xi
Chapter 1 An Evening in San Francisco 1
Chapter 2 Texas T-Files 9
Chapter 3 The Cons 21
Chapter 4 Underground Boston 37
Chapter 5 Back Orifice 53
Chapter 6 One Million Dollars and a Monster Truck 71
Chapter 7 Oxblood 85
Chapter 8 Much @stake 107
Chapter 9 Tor and Citizen Lab 127
Chapter 10 Jake 139
Chapter 11 Mixter, Muench, and Phineas 161
Chapter 12 Mudge and Dildog 175
Chapter 13 The Congressman and the Trolls 189
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good enough, but in the beginning it's a mini 'love letter' to Beto O'Rourke (who was part of cDc, a phone 'phreaker'). Also, i must disagree with the writer blindly pushing the "Russians hacked the DNC" meme where there's evidence that points to someone with physical access to a system on-site copying the data to a USB thumb drive. (The Nation, on August 9, 2017, wrote about this: "A New Report Raises Big Questions About last Year's DNC Hack"). the author loves pushing the idea that the Russians were doing things to help Trump, even though the book itself admits the Russians had personal reasons to screw Hillary Clinton over, which is a little different. With that adidet, the book is interesting and provides a coherent history of the cDc, where the members went, how they improved global security (or bent the rules in a bad way), etc. This makes the book useful.