How I Cracked the Internet and Why It's Still Broken

Book - 2008
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In early 2000, the websites of CNN, Yahoo, E*Trade, Dell, Amazon, and eBay ground to a halt for several hours, causing panic everywhere from the White House to suburbia and around the world. After 2 months and hundreds of hours of wiretapping, the FBI and RCMP staged a late-night raid to apprehend the most wanted man in cyberspace--a 15-year-old kid, Mafiaboy. 8 years later, Mafiaboy, a.k.a.Michael Calce, has ignored requests from every major media outlet in North America and has not told a word of his story--until now. Using his experience as a cautionary tale, Calce takes the reader through the history of hacking and how it has helped make the internet the new frontier for crime in the 21st century.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, 2008.
ISBN: 9780670067480
Branch Call Number: 364.168092 C144c
Characteristics: viii, 277 p.
Additional Contributors: Silverman, Craig


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Apr 15, 2013

As a teenager, Michael Calce was a computer programmer and hacker, using the ‘handle’ MafiaBoy. He used DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks to bring down several big sites including Yahoo, Dell, and eBay. A DDoS attack clogs up Internet traffic and stops the sites from working, temporarily disabling them. MafiaBoy was eventually discovered to be the person responsible for the attacks, and Michael was arrested. The attacks resulted in improved internet security, because they pointed out that a 15 year old boy could bring down Yahoo for an hour. Michael now works in internet security, working to prevent similar attacks.


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