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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (326 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Slatalla Narrator: Colby Elliott Publisher: Last Word Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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From the bedroom terminals of teenagers isolated from their peers by their hyperactive intellects, to the nerve center of a nationwide long-distance phone company infiltrated by a hacker's hand, Masters of Deception offers an unprecedented tour of the murkiest reaches of the electronic frontier and a trenchant, blow-by-blow chronicle of the most notorious gang war in cyberspace.

In 1989, Paul Stira and Eli Ladopoulos, two teenage hackers from Queens, New York, made some exploratory forays into local phone-company computers and discovered a domain far more mysterious and appealing than any they had ever seen. To unravel the mysteries, they contacted Phiber Optik (aka Mark Abene) - a member of an infamous gang of crack hackers called the Legion of Doom. Phiber Optik was legendary throughout cyberspace for his wealth of hard-won knowledge about the phone system. When he was satisfied that Stira and Ladopoulos weren't a couple of lamers, the three kids arranged a meeting of the minds in Ladopoulos's bedroom.

When Phiber Optik got kicked out of LOD after a tiff with its leader, Erik Bloodaxe (aka Chris Goggans), the New York kids formed a rival gang called Masters of Deception. MOD soon matched LOD's notoriety, gaining a reputation for downloading confidential credit histories (including Geraldo Rivera's, David Duke's, and a rival hacker's mom's), breaking into private computer files, and rewiring phone lines. All the while, federal agents were secretly monitoring this highly illegal battle royal and closing in for the kill.

Slatalla and Quittner, who have followed this case for five years, lead us down the darkest alleys of cyberspace and up to the front lines of the raging battle over just who will control the web that already connects everyone to everybody else. They offer an unparalleled hacker's-eye view of the inner life of hackers, a heady realm where order and chaos hold equal sway.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Lerley | 9/4/2013

    " Very interesting story of the earliest hackers. The text is a bit awkward in a few places but overall it's a complex story told well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefan | 8/22/2013

    " I'll make this one quick: It's an entertaining read that gives a nice glimpse into the early 90s hacker wars, however it's pretty loosely retold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshall | 7/21/2013

    " I read this growing up in the late 90s when I was into computer hacking. It motivated me to commit many computer crimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/20/2013

    " Surprisingly accessible for non-techies, and talks about a lot of details about the inner workings of the early phone system, and the ways people hacked it for fun/profit/pride/jailtime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip | 6/4/2013

    " history of prankster phreakers in NYC - I found this very interesting since i work at a phone comapnies. man, this guys had mad skillz! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zombaby Cera | 9/29/2012

    " A facinating recount of actual events. I learned so much about the internet back when I read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arik181 Q | 6/25/2012

    " An awesome look at the early days of black and grey hat cyber culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 5/9/2012

    " Another great early book on Hackers. This one focuses on Phiber Optik, and his Masters of Deception (MOD) -- and their reign of terror in the Hacker community in the 1980's & 90's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 4/7/2012

    " An entertaining tail of some silly, young and extremely smart hackers trying to get into systems they shouldn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Brehm | 12/3/2011

    " This was a very interesting trip into the world of computer hackers. It was a very fascinating read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 7/7/2011

    " It was ok, but not nearly as good as Takedown or Cuckoo's Egg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Farmer | 6/23/2011

    " I wish Michelle Slatalla + Joshua Quittner would do a 2,500 word follow-up on all the characters in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Avers | 4/29/2011

    " Brilliant, funny, and factual. A great account of the first PC cyberwar and its colorful players. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arik181 | 4/12/2011

    " An awesome look at the early days of black and grey hat cyber culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefan | 4/1/2011

    " I'll make this one quick: It's an entertaining read that gives a nice glimpse into the early 90s hacker wars, however it's pretty loosely retold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 3/15/2010

    " This was a very interesting trip into the world of computer hackers. It was a very fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 2/18/2010

    " I wish Michelle Slatalla + Joshua Quittner would do a 2,500 word follow-up on all the characters in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 3/12/2009

    " An entertaining tail of some silly, young and extremely smart hackers trying to get into systems they shouldn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshall | 3/8/2009

    " I read this growing up in the late 90s when I was into computer hacking. It motivated me to commit many computer crimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/13/2009

    " Surprisingly accessible for non-techies, and talks about a lot of details about the inner workings of the early phone system, and the ways people hacked it for fun/profit/pride/jailtime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zombaby | 9/2/2008

    " A facinating recount of actual events. I learned so much about the internet back when I read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip | 5/13/2008

    " history of prankster phreakers in NYC - I found this very interesting since i work at a phone comapnies. man, this guys had mad skillz! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 4/20/2008

    " Brilliant, funny, and factual. A great account of the first PC cyberwar and its colorful players. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 4/1/2008

    " Another great early book on Hackers. This one focuses on Phiber Optik, and his Masters of Deception (MOD) -- and their reign of terror in the Hacker community in the 1980's & 90's. "

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