Hacker Cracker by David Chanoff
A Journey from the Mean Streets of Brooklyn to the Frontiers of Cyberspace

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Like other kids in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Ejovi Nuwere grew up among thugs and drug dealers. When he was eleven, he helped form a gang; at twelve, he attempted suicide. In his large, extended family, one uncle was a career criminal, one a graduate student with his own computer. By the time Ejovi was fourteen, he was spending as much time on the computer as his uncle was. Within a year he was well on his way to a hacking career that would lead him to one of the most audacious and potentially dangerous computer break-ins of all time, secret until now.

Before he finished high school he had created a hidden life in the hacker underground and an increasingly prominent career as a computer security consultant. At the age of twenty-two, he was a top security specialist for one of the world's largest financial houses.

Hacker Cracker is at once the most candid revelation to date of the dark secrets of cyberspace and the simple, unaffected story of an inner-city child's triumph over shattering odds to achieve unparalleled success.

 

About David Chanoff

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David Chanoff has written about literary history, education, foreign policy, and other subjects for such publications as the "New York Times Magazine, " the "Washington Post, " and "The New Republic." His thirteen books include collaborations with former surgeon general Joycelyn Elders, former chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral William Crowe Jr, and Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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At the same time, Nuwere was loading his own machines with pirated software, cracking into systems around the country, stealing credit card numbers online (“I was so completely ignorant of these things that I assumed everyone who had a credit card must have a ton of money”), taking an honored pla...

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Unfortunately, much of the drama is mitigated by the blacking out of the name of the company most seriously hacked by Nuwere, as well as the name of the project in development that he was busted for entering ("We kept going deeper and deeper into [blacked out] until we reached the computers that ...

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