Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace by Michelle Slatalla, Joshua Quittner

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By Michelle Slatalla, Joshua Quittner

Chronicles the epic our on-line world conflict among rival gangs of hackers--the Texas-based ''''Legion of Doom'''' and New York's ''''Masters of Deception''''--detailing the teams' exploits and discussing the criminal and moral implications of recent computing device know-how. $35,000 first printing. First serial, stressed out. journey.

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Phone company doesn't even know it's there. Sign me up. Supernigger, it turned out, had social engineered the phone number of a conference bridge. A conference bridge is a lot of fun. Big corporations use conference bridges all the time. They're really just big party lines for companies. A dozen people in different cities can be on a conference bridge at once, hearing the chairman of the board predict the quarterly earnings. Supernigger gave the number to everybody in MOD, and the MOD conference bridge was born.

Then, behind him was James, and, you don't want to know, but yes, he had his pants unzipped under the desktop as usual. Behind James, staring blankly at the crucifix at the front of the room, was Ernie. And behind Ernie was the class clown. John was taller and thinner than most of the other ten-year-olds, and he had the kind of ideas that got the rest of the Nut Row into a lot of trouble. Like sneaking off on a private unguided tour of the sacristy after mass. Every day it was something else. There was the time after the bathroom break when somebody in the Nut Row brought back some feces to his desk.

His last name's Perlman. Mark asks for Mr. Perlman's son. Zod gets on the phone. "Perlman, " says scarily deep-voiced Mark. "This is Phiber Optik. " Zod is flabbergasted. " Mark says, in the understatement of the year, "I looked it up. " One kid who Eli met was really aggressive. He was pretty young, but he'd already taught himself a lot. This kid called himself The Wing, on a bulletin board called Altos. Altos is really one of the main boards for young cyberdudes. It's like Dodge City. Every aspirant, every kid with a modem and a desire to hack hangs out there.

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