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Submission + - CNet Interviews PhiberOptik (

AceCaseOR writes: "CNet has an interview with Mark Abene, who is best known by his handle "PhiberOptik". Abene was prosecuted for (among other charges) computer trespassing in 1991, as part of the "Hacker Crackdown" from 1990 to 1991 by the US Secret Service that included, among other events, the 1990 Steve Jackson Games raid by the Secret Service, and was documented in Bruce Sterling's book The Hacker Crackdown."

Submission + - LA Security Consultant Pleads guilty to infecting (

AceCaseOR writes: "Security consultant John Schiefer has pled guilty in Los Angeles criminal court to 4 felony counts related to infecting the systems of his clients with viruses to form a botnet that contained a maximum of 250000 systems. Scheifer used the systems he had penetrated to steal user's PayPal usernames and passwords to make unauthorized purchases, as well as installing adware on users computers without their consent. Scheifer was chargd with accessing protected computers to commit fraud, disclosing illegally intercepted electronic communications, wire fraud and bank fraud, and can face up to 60 years in prison and a $1.75 million fine."

Submission + - Books on history of the computer industry?

AceCaseOR writes: "I'm a big fan of books on the history of computing, and on the computer industry, the software industry and the video/computer game industry. I've read "In the beginning there was the Command Line", I've read the "Ultimate History of Video Games", I've read the biography of Bill Gates that was written about the time that either Windows 95 or Windows 98 came out, "The Cuckoo's Egg", and I've read "Masters of Doom". I liked the last four, and I'm ambivilant on the first one. So, I'm looking for reccomendations for other books to read. I've also read other books besides those, but the titles don't stick out in my head right now.

So, I'm looking for my next book on the history of the computer industry to read, and I'm looking for reccomendations. I'd prefer something that's written from a neutral viewpoint, rather then something written by an author with an axe to grind against Microsoft/Apple/IBM/whoever. I'd also prefer a book written from more of an outside perspective, rather then a participant's eye view (like "21 Dog Years" - which is a good book, but not what I'm looking for right now). So, what books on this topic would /.ers reccomend?


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