Cult of the Dead Cow

Cult of the Dead Cow

How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World

Book - 2019
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"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 testing password security, and created what was for years the best technique for controlling computers from afar, forcing giant companies to work harder to protect customers. They contributed to the development of Tor, the most important privacy tool on the net, and helped build cyberweapons that advanced US security without injuring anyone. With its origins in the earliest days of the Internet, the cDc is full of oddball characters--activists, artists, and musicians--some of whom went on to advise presidents, cabinet members, and CEOs, who now walk the corridors of power in Washington and Silicon Valley. Today, the group and its followers are battling electoral misinformation, making personal data safer, and organizing to keep technology a force for good instead of for surveillance and oppression. Cult of the Dead Cow describes how, at a time when governments, corporations, and criminals hold immense power, a small band of tech iconoclasts is on our side fighting back"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781541762381
Branch Call Number: 364.168 MENN
Characteristics: xi, 251 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm


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Apr 16, 2019

How do you tell a revisionist piece? By the blatantly contradictory description:
// Also known as cDc, the collective has long been at the forefront of "hacktivism" as well as government cybersecurity efforts, with members lending their technological gifts to both the creation of anti-government surveillance software and the Defense Department's DARPA agency. \\
Anything odd about this?
Also mentioned was their supposed help with Tor, which came out of the Dept. of the Navy and was compromised form the getgo - - and can still be compromised without too much effort today!

Apr 15, 2019

Quote from the description: The shocking untold story of the elite secret society of hackers fighting to protect our privacy, our freedom -- even democracy itself!
OMG, heaven help us with the ultra-hype! ! !
And another quote: They contributed to the development of Tor, the most important privacy tool on the net . . . .
Yes, and as anyone who seriously follows tech and the 'net realizes, Tor was compromised long ago. In fact, it was designed purposedly compromised.


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