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We Are Anonymous - Parmy Olson

We Are Anonymous

By Parmy Olson

  • Release Date: 2012-06-05
  • Genre: Internet
Score: 4
From 112 Ratings


A thrilling, exclusive exposè of the hacker collectives Anonymous and LulzSec.

We Are Anonymous is the first full account of how a loosely assembled group of hackers scattered across the globe formed a new kind of insurgency, seized headlines, and tortured the feds -- and the ultimate betrayal that would eventually bring them down. Parmy Olson goes behind the headlines and into the world of Anonymous and LulzSec with unprecedented access, drawing upon hundreds of conversations with the hackers themselves, including exclusive interviews with all six core members of LulzSec.

In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Other targets were wide ranging: the websites of corporations from Sony Entertainment and Fox to the Vatican and the Church of Scientology were hacked, defaced, and embarrassed, and the message was that no one was safe. Thousands of user accounts from pornography websites were released, exposing government employees and military personnel.

Although some attacks were perpetrated by masses of users who were rallied on the message boards of 4Chan, many others were masterminded by a small, tight-knit group of hackers who formed a splinter group of Anonymous called LulzSec. The legend of Anonymous and LulzSec grew in the wake of each ambitious hack. But how were they penetrating intricate corporate security systems? Were they anarchists or activists? Teams or lone wolves? A cabal of skilled hackers or a disorganized bunch of kids?

We Are Anonymous delves deep into the internet's underbelly to tell the incredible full story of the global cyber insurgency movement, and its implications for the future of computer security.


  • Interesting, gripping, and a fun read

    By Andy The Magnificent
    I bought this book last year and have recently re-read the book. I loved it maybe even more the second time. You really pick up on things that you may have overlooked the first time around. This book is wonderfully written. You don't have to be a computer nerd to understand what Parmy Olson is talking about. She does a great job of breaking it down in layman terms. You quickly understand that this group has probably affected you or someone you know. It changed my perspective on the collective. It becomes a page turner and hard to put down. The research that was put into making this book is mind blowing. I would and have recommended this book to anyone. Again you don't have to be a computer nerd to like it, just a simple curiosity into the subject and you will be 100 pages deep before you know it. We have all heard of the group Anonymous and this is a great book to deepen your understanding of the group. Go ahead and buy the book, you won't regret it.
  • Entertaining, informative, fun, fast

    By Slendermannn
    Excellent book on the subject. if you are remotely interested buy and read. A nice feature is punchy but thorough individual character stories of both victims and perpetrators of the attacks. Also provides insight into the players with their varied backgrounds mostly bright loners, male, mistreated as teenagers and looking for laughs and some social justice. Highly recommended.
  • Well written and researched

    By Delilahisadog
    Enjoyable read that explains technical terminology in basic terms, while set against the narrative of a small group of individuals stories
  • Loved it

    By Quigs0514
    Great read and does a great job of explaining things so that you can understand with a basic knowledge of computers.