Book Review: “Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent”


“Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent” is an interesting technical hacker story. Even though the plot of the story is not very well connected, the authors develop the story using real technology to compromise computer networks, which makes you feel that this is not just a fiction and it might be actually happening somewhere in the world right now.

The book shows the intuition of people who became hackers. It also shows how the hackers’ business works and how they communicate. Many various kinds of hacking techniques and tools are mentioned ranging from social engineering, several kid hacking tool, and good (or I should say bad) uses of available legitimate resources. The authors show how hackers collaborate and make use of different types of networks and security holes to help them accomplish their goal.

The story is developed with real source codes and scripts, and requires background knowledge by readers to be able to understand and follow the consequences of an action. Although, the authors give many introductions and references about tools and techniques that they use, I wish I knew more about system administration and Linux commands before I read this book. On the other hand, I also learned a lot in a short time about those aspects.

Even though not being able to immediately understand what was going on give me a hard time reading through this book, the book is enjoyable to read and to have a feeling about the world of hackers. Moreover, the authors provide many references and resources that you can follow and have fun with techniques that you are interested in.

I recommend this book, “Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent”, to anyone who is interested in network security. I also recommend that this book will be good for those who work as system administrators.

This book receives 4 out 5.

Book Information:

  • Author: Ryan Russell, Joe Grand and Tom Craig
  • First Edition May 2004
  • ISBN: 978-1-931836-05-0
  • 498 pages

“Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent” is available from Amazon.com for $32.97 USD.

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