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Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity

Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity

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by Ryan Russell, Riley Eller, Jay Beale, Chris Hurley, Tom Parker

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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


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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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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Elsevier Science
Publication date:
Stealing the Network
Edition description:
1st Edition
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 7.50(h) x 9.25(d)

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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....

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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Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A ginger she-cat- really, she looked to be about a kit- walked around the Two-leg place. "Wow! This place is huge!" She exclaimed. She caught sight of the large steel fence. "I bet l could climb that..." she jumped, catching a metal ring each with her paws, sticking them part-way through. She jumped again, falling short and tumbling to the ground. She hissed in frustration. "Pinky..." she heard her housefolk call in the distance. "Hold ON!" She grumbled in exaspration. She tried scaling the fence again. By the time she got to the top, she didn't stop. She balanced on the top, and jumped down. "Ow!" She cried when her right front paw twisted. She sat down, holding it in the air awkwardly. She thought about her choices. 'If l go back, my housefolk ll take me to the... to the... the vet.' She narrowed her eyes. 'They might take to the Cutter, because l went outside the Fence! They're always telling me not to. Or, l can keep going, and find out if those rumors about wild cats are true.' She considered this. 'If they are, then there will be someone to fix my paw!' I'm going to keep going. She stopped at the Thunderpath when she got to it. "It's just a bigger version than the ones l crossed near home. I just wait until none of those... monsters," she mewed finally, amd shivered, "are around. Then l run as fast as l can." So she waited. Eventually, there were no monsters nearby. Pinky could see them in the distance, but she decided that she could make it. She made a dash for it. But one monster started roaring towards her. "Uh oh! They're smelly, big, AND fast!" She made it across in the knick of time. "Whew!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beyond the fence, there is a twoleg town. Monsters roar down their paths, and kittypets, loners and rouges reside here. Some are friendly, must most are not. Clan cats are not allowed here.<br> ~$ilverstar
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.