When hackers seize the world governments everything changed for all of humanity. A new sense of hope arrived in the streets and young people everywhere embraced the new world order. However, what appeared to be a new found freedom soon turned out to be a new tyranny far worse than anything they imagined. William Waltz formed part of the new elite that guarded the regime, that is, until the regime turned on him.
One the one hand, hackers infect the computers of the world, entering where they are not invited, taking over not just individual workstations but whole networks. On the other, hackers write the software that fuels the Internet, from the most popular web programmes to software fundamental to the Internet's existence. Beginning from an analysis of these two main types of hackers, categorised as crackers and Free Software/Open Source respectively, Tim Jordan gives the reader insight into the varied identities of hackers, including:
* Hacktivism; hackers and populist politics
* Cyberwar; hackers and the nation-state
* Digital Proletariat; hacking for the man
* Viruses; virtual life on the Internet
* Digital Commons; hacking without software
* Cypherpunks; encryption and digital security
* Nerds and Geeks; hacking cultures or hacking without the hack
* Cybercrime; blackest of black hat hacking
Hackers end debates over the meaning of technological determinism while recognising that at any one moment we are all always determined by technology. Hackers work constantly within determinations of their actions created by technologies as they also alter software to enable entirely new possibilities for and limits to action in the virtual world. Through this fascinating introduction to the people who create and recreate the digital media of the Internet, students, scholars and general readers will gain new insight into the meaning of technology and society when digital media are hacked.
Wireless LANs can be found nearly everywhere today. Most mobile computers ship with built-in wireless LAN hardware by default and most other computers can be equipped with additional hardware. Because all data is transmitted wirelessly, extra security is needed in these networks. This was a concern to the creators of the IEEE 802.11 standard, who designed a simple protocol called WEP which stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy to protect such networks. Unfortunately, the WEP protocol has some serious design flaws and various attacks are possible against WEP protected networks. This book presents nearly all currently known attacks on the WEP protocol, including their theoretical background and their implementation. This book is intended for network operators, who want to learn more about wireless security, and also for cryptographers, who want to understand the theoretical background of these attacks.
The Metasploit Framework is a powerful suite of tools that security researchers use to investigate and resolve potential network and system vulnerabilities. Metasploit: The Penetration Tester‘s Guide shows readers how to assess networks by using Metasploit to launch simulated attacks that expose weaknesses in their security. The book begins with the basics of information security and Metasploit, then proceeds to general and advanced techniques for penetration testing, including network reconnaissance and enumeration, server- and client-side attacks, devastating wireless attacks, and even targeted social engineering attacks. Whether readers are looking to secure their own networks or discover holes in others', Metasploit is the definitive guide to penetration testing with this dynamic and flexible framework.
Taking a multidimensional approach to current debates in internet politics, the book comprises essays by leading experts from across the world. The volume includes a comprehensive introduction to current debates in the field and their ramifications for global politics, and follows this with empirical case studies. These include cyberconflict, cyberwars, information warfare and hacktivism, in contexts such as Sri Lanka, Lebanon and Estonia, the European Social Forum, feminist cybercrusades and the use of the internet as a weapon by ethnoreligious and socio-political movements. The volume presents the theoretical debates and case studies of cyberconflict in a coherent, progressive and truly multidisciplinary way.
The book will be of interest to students of cyberconflict, internet politics, security studies and IR in general.