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It's very likely that future conflicts will be fought on the Internet, and Parmy Olson has written a brilliant account of the opening skirmishes. Emerging from the message boards of 4chan.org, the infamous "black hole" of the Internet, a handful of hackers struck out at the Church of Scientology and other organizations. At first it was just for "lulz," but it became something much bigger. We Are Anonymous is a terrific real-life thriller--even at 400 pages it's hard to put down. But Olson has also pulled off something much more difficult: a touching story of friendship and betrayal, a map of a new immoral frontier, and the introduction of a new kind of anti-hero who rises above it all. An absolute must-read. — Charles Bottomley
About the Author
Parmy Olson is the London Bureau Chief for Forbes Magazine.
"A lively, startling book that reads as 'The Social Network' for group hackers. As in that Facebook film the technological innovations created by a few people snowball wildly beyond expectation, until they have mass effect. But the human element - the mix of glee, malevolence, randomness, megalomania and just plain mischief that helped spawn these changes - is what Ms. Olson explores best...We Are Anonymous
also captures the broad spectrum of reasons that Anonymous and LulzSec attracted followers."—Janet Maslin
, New York Times
"Olson keeps We Are Anonymous
moving quickly, as she jumps around in chronology, using dramatic cliffhangers to tie the different strands of the narrative together while commanding attention... An eminently human tale."-—Rowan Kaiser, AV Club
"An incredible story."
, The Daily Show
"A remarkable inside account of the hacker movement."
—New York Magazine
"A masterpiece of shoe-leather journalism, a fast-paced, richly detailed account of the group's beginnings, various schisms and most spectacular attacks"
"Olson traces the origins of Anonymous, unmasking it leading characters to reveal their personal lives and motivations."
"Spellbinding account of mischief and mayhem....With all the makings of a fast-paced espionage thriller, Olson...meticulously and impartially recreates the operations of Anonymous and LulzSec."
"A detailed account of the hacker collective Anonymous and its splinter group, LulzSec....Certain to thrill 4chan readers, hackers and others on the Internet's fringe."
"We Are Anonymous
is a highly recommended entry point to begin to understand what that hidden culture is, where it comes from, and how it's influencing the mainstream. Olson doesn't just give the reader a recap of events since 2008 (the first en masse
attack by Anonymous), her sympathetic account shows why people find Anonymous attractive, and why, despite its rough edges, much of what it does and stands for is something that should be promoted." -- PopMatters