Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World

Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World

The shocking untold story of the elite secret society of hackers fighting to protect our privacy, our freedom -- even democracy itself Cult of the Dead Cow is the tale of the oldest, most respected, and most famous American hacking group of all time. Though until now it has remained mostly anonymous, its members invented the concept of hacktivism, released the top tool for The shocking untold story of the elite secret society of hackers fighting to protect our privacy, our freedom -- even...

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Title:Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World
Author:Joseph Menn
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:154176238X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World Reviews

  • Brian
    Aug 20, 2019
    Tough book to write, as it is both a history and tries to go right up to current times. I enjoyed the history of the group moreso than the current stuff. The Beto O'Rourke insertion seemed off, as the author didn't really discuss much of how Beto got in or what he did with them. It w...
  • Eric_W
    Aug 11, 2019
    Cult of the Dead Cow is the facetious name of an early group of hackers (white hat) that began as a computer bulletin board (BBS). Consisting originally of bored but talented teenagers who enjoyed reverse engineering phone systems and early computer software, they evolved into "hac...
  • A.J.
    Jul 15, 2019
    It was cool to learn about the CDC and their days on top during the NT/XP era. Through Back Orifice they were crucial toward Microsoft getting their stuff together an giving a damn about security. I appreciate their efforts. I could have done without the political bias and Trump-ba...
  • Tadas Talaikis
    Jul 16, 2019
    "Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto." Mentor's Last Words...
  • Chris
    Jun 24, 2019
    From exposing security issues during the early days of the Internet to quashing modern-day political misinformation, one group of hackers has been through it all: Cult of the Dead Cow. By latching onto their own branch of ?hacktivism?, this group has morphed from an eclectic group ...
  • Scott Martin
    Aug 07, 2019
    (Audiobook) (3.5 stars) While most of the headlines for this book came from the ties that Presidential candidate Beto O?Rourke to this early hacker organization, this book is really a solid insight into a group of hackers who went from an early group to people who were/are among the ...
  • Manny
    Aug 15, 2019
    This was a great book written about a great time in my life. I was part of the culture but not a member of CDC. I grew up following many of these people. It was great to read about how these players had a lot to do changing the industry I enjoy today. Mudge's accomplishments and hi...
  • Sean Lynn
    Jun 25, 2019
    Cult of the Dead Cow by Joseph Menn is about the eponymous hacker group that formed in the early 90s, whose members became incredibly influential on and offline. Online hacktavists, wikileaks members, cyber security experts, business and political advisers, and even a US presidential c...
  • P.W.
    Jul 19, 2019
    In the early BBS days it wasn't always easy to find like-minded individuals; and even if you could they were probably located all over the country, resulting in hideous long-distance bills unless you knew a trick or two. The Cult of the Dead Cow was mainly a group of grey hat hacker...
  • Aleksandar Erkalovic
    Aug 07, 2019
    I consumed cDc texts while I was a teenager and I very much enjoyed first 2/3 of the book. It does not go much into the details sometimes but it does give very nice overview of the group. I liked it. Last 1/3 is very political and the kind you would very much love if you were over-p...
  • Rick Howard
    Jun 15, 2019
    ?The more powerful machines become, the sharper human ethics have to be. If the combination of mindless, profit-seeking algorithms, dedicated geopolitical adversaries, and corrupt US opportunists over the past few years have taught us anything, it is that serious applied thinking is ...
  • Ed
    Jul 14, 2019
    Easily, one of the best book titles ever. I received my signed copy from the author at this year's Palo Alto Networks user conference. Together with Kim Zetter, Joseph Menn is a standout jounralist for tech. I expect to read what he writes next. This book didn't just stop with CDC. ...
  • Sebastian Gebski
    Jun 22, 2019
    I was waiting for this book, not because recent career of R. O'Rourke , but because I remember CDC from the ol' good times ;P I've used BO & BO2k and I wanted to learn more about the group. Unfortunately, I didn't. There's very little revealed, clearly the group has kept its ...
  • Paul
    Aug 17, 2019
    Ironically not very honest about the group's activities, with its own agenda. Showing how a group started by a bunch of teenagers who were basically asshats, transformed into idealistic 20 somethings who want to change the world, 30 somethings who want to get paid and then eventually j...
  • Eric Durant
    Aug 03, 2019
    4.5. Great historic review of computer and information security from ~1970 through today, centered around the Cult of the Dead Cow with a focus on the actors and their principles. The early parts informed and entertained, and the end covering the last decade or so was outstanding, alth...
  • Tom Lawrence
    Jun 22, 2019
    I found it engaging and interesting discussing the history of the group that I found very interesting when I was first starting my career in technology. Back in the 90's I attended a few 2600 meeting and the Cult of the Dead Cow and the "Back Orifice" tool was a frequent topic. Learnin...
  • Juarez  Poletto Jr.
    Jul 24, 2019
    The problem with high expectation :D. I was hoping to get the same thrill as "Ghost in the Wires", or at least some of the interesting stories just like "We Are Anonymous", but this book is neither. It covers the last 30 years of one of the most notorious hacking groups of histor...
  • Tim Jarrett
    Jun 14, 2019
    An engaging read. I know some of the principals of this book so was aware of some of the broad brushstrokes of the story. But it?s still fascinating to realize how closely woven together some of the threads in the history of computer security are: Trojans and Back Orifice and Veracod...
  • David Hixson
    Aug 06, 2019
    As a history of computer activism this was pretty good. The cDc was not the focus, so much as the through-line onto which the rest of the information was placed, but it worked out pretty well. Nothing revolutionary, and at times it felt Homeric in terms of the listing of names and e...
  • Billy
    Jun 14, 2019
    A fascinating, in-depth analysis of the social groups of hackers who would go on to shape the field of cybersecurity and influence major tech companies. This book explores the ethical considerations of technology, as well issues of cybersecurity that frequently appear in today's news s...
  • Rodney
    Jun 13, 2019
    Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC), which originated in Lubbock, Texas during the late '80s, is one of the most influential hacker groups in the world. Long before the internet was accessible to most people, CDC, numerous other groups, and people were chatting and trading information, includin...
  • Andrew Waite
    Jun 30, 2019
    The subject(s) of the book are fascinating, even as someone who works in the industry cDc helped establish there were still plenty of connections and ties between the protagonists that I wasn?t wholly aware of. Despite knowing of most of the personalities discussed, and in some cases...
  • Tom Kranz
    Aug 19, 2019
    Inaccurate, poor pacing, and confused timelines and explanations. Mixed up the l0pht and CDC, glossed over some pretty major events and characters. This isn't an accurate history, it's a story, and not a particular good one. Overall this felt like a weak cash-in/tie-in of Beto O'Rour...
  • Jari Pirhonen
    Jul 27, 2019
    Good history of well-known hacking group which luckily goes all the way to the present time by telling how the hackers' life and careers have been evolved. Many mentioned nicks and tools were familiar already from the early days of my security career, so it was interesting to read what...
  • E Vikander
    Apr 14, 2019
    ?Technology is deciding the fate of the world, and we are everywhere in its chains,? begins Menn?s story of the infamous Cult of the Dead Cow. Menn traces the evolution of this group, weaving a story about the strength of ideas and their profound impact on the cyber technology th...
  • Ben Rothke
    May 31, 2019
    It?s 2019 and there still has not been a movie made about hackers, that is historically accurate and demonstrative of what hackers truly do. Should someone make 'Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World'into a movie, and stay true to the sto...
  • Hugh Rawlinson
    Aug 14, 2019
    Very entertaining, and interesting to see how lots of tech/security events I previously thought were disparate, were related. I always enjoy reading about tech history, how tech and security intersect with politics and ethics. It's important reading for those who work in tech. At th...
  • Denis
    Aug 19, 2019
    I didn't know anything about the Cult of the Dead Cow before I started reading this book. I was expecting to hear about some unknown hackers and their stories in the 80s and that's about it. I was wrong, and I love this book. I've learned about the origins of DEFCON, Microsoft insec...
  • Casper Wood
    Apr 10, 2019
    Working in computer science and security, I'm always interested to hear some of the history that built up the industry I'm involved in. I was provided a copy of Cult of the Dead Cow by Joseph Menn by NetGalley and Perseus Books for review. The book is a really great deep dive histor...
  • Mona
    Jun 14, 2019
    This is not a book for everyone.  The topic is very interesting and author is more then capable to write about it but this is incredibly dense book. I am a big non fiction fan. The facts and good research are very important to me, but here I had a feeling as if I was reading a coll...