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  • Restarting the Book Club - Poll to determine first book. Closes 3/15/2021

    Choices below. If this works out then in 6 weeks or so we'll do I'll take suggestions and we'll do another poll.
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    Cryptonomicon - by Neal Stephenson
    7.69%
    1
    AntiAmerica by T.K. Falco
    7.69%
    1
    Rogue Code by Mark Russinovich
    0%
    0
    Blackout by Mark Elsberg
    7.69%
    1
    Stealing the Network by various
    23.08%
    3
    American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
    15.38%
    2
    Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick
    38.46%
    5

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by csh98036; March 1, 2021, 20:53. Reason: tried to include amazon links but they didn't come thru as clickable in the poll so i removed them

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    Cryptonomicon - Of course https://www.amazon.com/Cryptonomicon...1023562&sr=8-1

    From the Inside Flap
    Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon was first published in 1999 to immense critical and popular acclaim. An ambitious, absorbing account of war, conspiracy, and code breaking, it represented a huge step forward for a gifted writer whose previous creations included the Hugo Award-winning The Diamond Age and the virtual reality classic, Snow Crash.The events of Cryptonomicon take place along two parallel time tracks: the Second World War and the present day. The earlier segments feature, among others, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, a young math prodigy tasked with concealing the fact that Allied forces have successfully broken Germany's infamous Enigma code. Protagonists of the latter section include Randy Waterhouse, Lawrence's grandson, a computer hacker helping to construct an autonomous “data haven” in the Sultanate of Kirakuta. Together, these two narratives successfully illuminate two different worlds, one of which grew directly out of the struggles and achievements of the other.Sometimes horrific, frequently hilarious, densely packed with information on a wide variety of subjects, from cryptanalysis to treasure hunting to the proper method of eating Cap'n Crunch, Cryptonomicon is a genuine modern epic. On one level, it is an astonishing, wholly original portrait of a world at war. On another, it is a provocative meditation on the ways that science and technology help shape—and alter—the course of human history. A work of great erudition and equally great imaginative power, it is—and will remain—one of the significant literary accomplishments of the modern era. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

    AntiAmerica by T.K. Falco https://www.amazon.com/AntiAmerica-T...1023500&sr=8-1

    AntiAmerica stands at the center of the largest US anarchist uprising in 100 years.

    When hacktivist group AntiAmerica hacks the nation's largest banks, the financial industry is left teetering on the brink of collapse. Hacker and teen runaway Alanna Blake is forcefully recruited by the government to track down the only link to AntiAmerica, her missing ex-boyfriend Javier. She relies on every bit of her social engineering cunning to navigate a conspiracy of lies and deceit, which imperils both the lives of everyone closest to her and the secrets to a past she longs to remain locked away forever.


    This book contains content surrounding drug abuse, mental illness, physical abuse, and suicide.

    Rogue Code by Mark Russinovich https://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Code-Je...=3A0DK9E92XKPN

    Michael Lewis' Flash Boys revealed how high-frequency trading has created a ruthless breed of traders capable of winning whichever way the market turns. In Rogue Code, Mark Russinovich takes it one step further to show how their grip on high finance makes the stock market vulnerable to hackers who could bring about worldwide financial collapse.

    Cyber security expert Jeff Aiken knows that no computer system is completely secure. When he's called to investigate a possible breach at the New York Stock Exchange, he discovers not only that their system has been infiltrated but that someone on the inside knows. Yet for some reason, they have allowed the hackers to steal millions of dollars from accounts without trying to stop the theft.

    When Jeff uncovers the crime, the NYSE suddenly turns on him. Accused of grand larceny, he must find and expose the criminals behind the theft, not just to prove his innocence but to stop a multibillion-dollar heist that could upend the U.S. economy. Unwilling to heed Jeff's warnings, the NYSE plans to continue with a major IPO using a new, untested system, one that might be susceptible both to hackers and to ruthless high-frequency traders willing to take any risk to turn a profit.

    Blackout by Mark Elsberg https://www.amazon.com/Blackout-hear...1023684&sr=8-1

    When the lights go out one night, no one panics. Not yet. The lights always come back on soon, don't they? Surely it's a glitch, a storm, a malfunction. But something seems strange about this night. Across Europe, controllers watch in disbelief as electrical grids collapse. There is no power, anywhere.

    A former hacker and activist, Piero investigates a possible cause of the disaster. The authorities don't believe him, and he soon becomes a prime suspect himself. With the United States now also at risk, Piero goes on the run with Lauren Shannon, a young American CNN reporter based in Paris, desperate to uncover who is behind the attacks. After all, the power doesn't just keep the lights on—it keeps us alive.

    Stealing the Network by various https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Netw...1023617&sr=8-1

    "Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box is a unique book in the fiction department. It combines stories that are fictional, with technology that is real. While none of the stories have happened, there is no reason why they could not. You could argue it provides a road map for criminal hackers, but I say it does something else: it provides a glimpse into the creative minds of some of today's best hackers, and even the best hackers will tell you that the game is a mental one." - from the Foreword to the first Stealing the Network book, How to Own the Box, Jeff Moss, Founder & Director, Black Hat, Inc. and Founder of DEF CON

    For the very first time the complete Stealing the Network epic is available in an enormous, over 1000 page volume complete with the final chapter of the saga and a DVD filled with behind the scenes video footage!

    American Kingpin by Nick Bilton https://www.amazon.com/American-King...1023897&sr=8-1

    In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything—drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons—free of the government’s watchful eye.

    It wasn’t long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone—not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers—could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.

    The Silk Road quickly ballooned into $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took drastic steps to protect himself—including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren’t sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet.

    Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, Vanity Fair correspondent and New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. It’s a story of the boy next door’s ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralized Web advocates and the old world of government control, order, and the rule of law. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction. But it’s all too real.

    Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Wires-A...1023961&sr=8-3

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies -- and no matter how fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. As the FBI's net finally began to tighten, Mitnick went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated game of hide-and-seek that escalated through false identities, a host of cities, and plenty of close shaves, to an ultimate showdown with the Feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.

    Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escapes -- and a portrait of a visionary who forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, and forced companies to rethink the way they protect their most sensitive information.
    Last edited by Dark Tangent; March 1, 2021, 21:11.
    PGP key: dtangent@defcon.org valid 2020 Jan 15, to 2024 Jan 01 Fingerprint: BC5B CD9A C609 1B6B CD81 9636 D7C6 E96C FE66 156A

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    • #3
      We need more votes!
      PGP key: dtangent@defcon.org valid 2020 Jan 15, to 2024 Jan 01 Fingerprint: BC5B CD9A C609 1B6B CD81 9636 D7C6 E96C FE66 156A

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dark Tangent View Post
        We need more votes!
        Yes, we do. Help us out here people.

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        • #5
          Poll closes in two days. You still have a chance to vote. DO IT! :-)

          I will announce the winner Tuesday morning (3/16?2021) and determine reading time then, but based on current results I would say about 6 weeks.
          For the next selection the top two runners-up will automatically advance and the the list will be filled out with suggestions from readers (hopefully between 3 to 5 books) and voting will be run again last weeks of the reading period.

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          • #6
            The poll expired and the winner with 5 out of 13 votes is Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick. Carrying over for the next go around are American Kingpin and Stealing the Network. I'll post the poll for that in 4 weeks and allow a 2 week voting period. Suggest books until then.

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