Sunday, September 6, 2015

Five top books featuring heroic hackers

E(ugene). C. Myers is the author of the Andre Norton Award–winning young adult science fiction novels Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, and The Silence of Six, a young adult cyber thriller. At he tagged five books featuring heroic hackers, including:
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick

This memoir reads like fiction, but it’s all the more incredible because everything in it really happened. Mitnick is my go-to source for information on social engineering: the art of hacking people to get into places and systems you don’t belong. Starting out as a “phone phreak” like many of his generation of hackers, he pulled off some legendary exploits in person and from behind his computer screen. His storytelling style is compelling and breezy, every bit as exciting as a contemporary thriller, somewhat reminiscent of Frank W. Abagnale and Stan Redding’s Catch Me If You Can.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue