I have read both Clifford Stoll’s The Cuckoo’s Egg and Tsutomu Shimomura’s Takedown, both of which are excellent stories about tracking hackers. I was hoping Hacker’s Tales was more of the same, but what I found was disappointing. There are very few real stories and the book basically serves as an excuse for hacker’s to reminisce about the old days and what it was like to go to meetings. There’s not much meat and plenty of childish back-stabbing. The book reads more like a short bio of each hacker (some more detailed than others), but generally they are simply: “I got into computer by xxx, I started messing around and got caught by the sys admin, I found other people like me, I went to meetings, now I’ve retired.”
Not exactly exciting reading. I’m hoping my next choice in this genre is better than this, I would recommend avoiding this.
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Reviewed: 9th March 2008