We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber InsurgencyWe Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

it’s like a whole book of he-said, she-said, relayed third-hand by somebody who is not a native speaker of the language.

i get that it’s probably really, really difficult to pin down anybody from Anonymous. it’s not like you can insist, like a six-year-old on a playground, that they prove it!

and i believe that this author really did do the best due diligence possible, given the subjects and the fact that they take great joy in pranking people.

but by virtue of the medium (the interwebs) and the people involved, this sense of creeping dubiousness spreads slowly through the book until, about halfway through, you begin to wonder whether any of what you’ve read is really true.

btw i think “the global cyber insurgency,” and a lot of other rhetoric in this book, is wildly overblown. it’s almost like talking about a gang of pre-teens egging cars as terrorists. not that Anonymous are just skill-free irritants, but that they are nowhere near organized enough to be “insurgents.” they also haven’t one agenda. they also haven’t a specified target. etc etc. and taking down a web site is not anywhere near as terrifying as launching an RPG into a McDonald’s.

so, no. not terrorists. not verifiable. in the end, this book sort of reminds me of those old advertisements about the demon marijuana, one puff of which will slide you into heroin. way, way overblown.

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