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  1. Hacker’s Manifesto (The Mentor)

    Published: Sat 12 August 2017 in Library.
    A heart-moving foundational document on the hacker culture, written 1986 but still current.

    Teenagers interested in computer hacking in the broad sense of the term, where hacking focuses on the technical aspects of computer science and security is just a part of it, often face the same roadblock.

    As this practice is generally not understood and the subject of a lot fantasies and misconceptions, they are often facing the same criticisms: they spend all their time playing on their computer, are anti-social, do not respect authority. In a few words, they are ruining their life.

    However, the most difficult in such situations are not the criticisms by themselves, it is the sense of isolation that they produce. Forty years ago, one of such teenager raised up against this feeling and wrote, under the pen name The Mentor what now counts as one of the most heart-moving and inspirational text about the hacking culture: the Hacker’s Manifesto, also known as The Conscience of …

  2. Carbanak APT, the great bank robbery

    Published: Mon 31 July 2017 in Library.
    The 3rd millennium version of the postal train robbery, readable as a good detective novel.

    In 2015, several surveillance cameras filmed people presenting themselves in front of an ATM, and while no interaction occurred between them and the machine the ATM suddenly started to dispense cash.

    Strange enough, this was actually only the tip of iceberg as the investigation unveils an operation ongoing for around two years, infecting and stealthily altering bank operations from the inside, to achieve what may be one of the biggest bank robbery estimated up to one billion dollars.

    Kaspersky report tells this investigation. While this document provides technical details for interested people, they are not necessary to understand it and can be easily skipped. In fact, this report is quite well written and can be read as a good detective novel and provides a good description on how a high-end attack may look-like nowadays

    Actually, this report looks so much like a detective novel that Wikipedia notices there was some …

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