Breaking and Entering

Breaking and Entering

The Extraordinary Story of A Hacker Called "Alien"

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"This taut, true thriller dives into a dark world that touches us all, as seen through the brilliant, breakneck career of an extraordinary hacker--a woman known only as Alien. When she arrived at MIT in the 1990s, Alien was quickly drawn to the school's tradition of high risk physical trespassing: the original 'hacking.' Within a year, one of her hallmates was dead and two others were arraigned. Alien's adventures were only just beginning. After a stint at the storied, secretive Los Alamos National Laboratory, Alien was recruited by a top cybersecurity firm where she deployed her cache of virtual weapons--and the trespassing and social engineering talents she had developed while 'hacking' at MIT. The company tested its clients' security by every means possible--not just coding, but donning disguises and sneaking past guards and secretaries into the C suite. Alien now runs a boutique hacking outfit that caters to some of the world's biggest and most vulnerable institutions--banks, retailers, government agencies. Her work combines devilish charm, old school deception, and next generation spycraft. In this book, cybersecurity finally gets the rich, character driven, fast-paced treatment it deserves."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
ISBN: 9780544903210
0544903218
Branch Call Number: 005.8 SMITH
Characteristics: xii, 292 pages ; 24 cm

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wolfman_0
Mar 26, 2019

Seemingly author awoke one night with an incomplete dream & decided to make a book out of it. Incomplete --regarding not admin/ staff now alien paid for lsd trip. Copies fear & loathing in las Vegas author.

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 22, 2019

Sheesh! Author wrote warts & all story on minority female white hat hacker dominated by males. So she somewhat flawed & overachieving in exposing security flaws on banks, hospitals, & brick & mortar places using social engineering tools. She had to fight against sexism.
Sure she failed in getting a foreclosure CFO laptop & got caught by his assistant doing a belated background check. The fact was she penetrated his 59th story office got the company scared.
She provided mentorship & support to younger female lower self-esteem subordinate.
It is scary that hospital she birthed her first child used Window 2000 OS.

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StarGladiator
Jan 11, 2019

Rated Bogus-----Bogus-----Bogus-----Bogus
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[UPDATE: The author and so-called hacker, Alien, were recently featured on the Dave Ross Show {KIRO -- Seattle, WA} where he was definitely punked: Alien claiming we should all use encrypted email. The one certain takeaway from Mueller's investigation into Russia and Trump's people was the fellow who encrypted all his emails, and the feds still could read it. As Edward Snowden's leaks demonstrated, when data taps are done at the compiler or machine language level, encryption is essentially useless. Any real hacker would or should know this by now, but a member of the FBI's snitch program, like Alien, wouldn't or couldn't explain this?!]
To use the word // extraordinary \\ in the subtitle is revolting - - to any reader with even a smattering of tech experience - - this book will be revolting!
Ultra-lame book - - ultra-lame author - - totally bogus!
The fact this book got published is an indictment of the publishing industry and lack of real editors in it today!
Absolute shame on and of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Puerile reminiscences of a submediocre coder. Suffice to say I could relate my own experiences on the abysmal performances of MIT grads and engineers in the tech world: the time I solved a hardware problem in under 5 minutes, which a group of MIT-trained engineers had been dealing with forever - - and who assumed it to be a software problem || the time another group suggested I set aside 3 to 6 months to solve an actual software problem they'd encountered, which required only several hours of my time! I recall reading a book back in the 1990s about an MIT grad student in mechanical engineering who not only did not understand the internal combustion engine, but had no idea the purpose of the spark plug in it.
This book reads like a cavalcade of 10-year-olds, each proclaiming how more special they are!
And to this author: Dude! Seventy million is nothing! The public and private sectors of North America have experienced OVER 4 billion hacks since 2010 - - catch a clue!
[Oh yeah . . . and on that // storied \\ Los Alamos - - I recall a tech call from a sysadmin there who encountered a // problem \\ during a network install of Win95 - - I was a contractor @ Micro$oft at the time - - and I had to slowly and tactfully explain that computers and networks ran on ELECTRICITY - - no electricity, no go!
Holy Mother of God! ! ! What idiots hire those idiots?]
After reading this book I declare that this author has zero validity and I challenge anyone to dispute this!

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StarGladiator
Jan 11, 2019

Rated Bogus-----Bogus-----Bogus-----Bogus
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To use the word // extraordinary \\ in the subtitle is revolting - - to any reader with even a smattering of tech experience - - this book will be revolting!
Ultra-lame book - - ultra-lame author - - totally bogus!
The fact this book got published is an indictment of the publishing industry and lack of real editors in it today!
Absolute shame on and of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Puerile reminiscences of a submediocre coder. Suffice to say I could relate my own experiences on the abysmal performances of MIT grads and engineers in the tech world: the time I solved a hardware problem in under 5 minutes, which a group of MIT-trained engineers had been dealing with forever - - and who assumed it to be a software problem || the time another group suggested I set aside 3 to 6 months to solve an actual software problem they'd encountered, which required only several hours of my time! I recall reading a book back in the 1990s about an MIT grad student in mechanical engineering who not only did not understand the internal combustion engine, but had no idea the purpose of the spark plug in it.
This book reads like a cavalcade of 10-year-olds, each proclaiming how more special they are!
And to this author: Dude! Seventy million is nothing! The public and private sectors of North America have experienced OVER 4 billion hacks since 2010 - - catch a clue!
[Oh yeah . . . and on that // storied \\ Los Alamos - - I recall a tech call from a sysadmin there who encountered a // problem \\ during a network install of Win95 - - I was a contractor @ Micro$oft at the time - - and I had to slowly and tactfully explain that computers and networks ran on ELECTRICITY - - no electricity, no go!
Holy Mother of God! ! ! What idiots hire those idiots?]
After reading this book I declare that this author has zero validity and I challenge anyone to dispute this!

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