Breaking and entering The extraordinary story of a hacker called "Alien"

Jeremy N. Smith

Book - 2019

"This taut, true thriller dives into a dark world that touches us all, as seen through the brilliant, breakneck career of an extraordinary hacker--a woman known only as Alien. When she arrived at MIT in the 1990s, Alien was quickly drawn to the school's tradition of high risk physical trespassing: the original 'hacking.' Within a year, one of her hallmates was dead and two others were arraigned. Alien's adventures were only just beginning. After a stint at the storied, s...ecretive Los Alamos National Laboratory, Alien was recruited by a top cybersecurity firm where she deployed her cache of virtual weapons--and the trespassing and social engineering talents she had developed while 'hacking' at MIT. The company tested its clients' security by every means possible--not just coding, but donning disguises and sneaking past guards and secretaries into the C suite. Alien now runs a boutique hacking outfit that caters to some of the world's biggest and most vulnerable institutions--banks, retailers, government agencies. Her work combines devilish charm, old school deception, and next generation spycraft. In [this book], cybersecurity finally gets the rich, character driven, fast-paced treatment it deserves."--Jacket.

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Genres
Biographies
Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2019]
Language
English
Item Description
"An Eamon Dolan Book."
Physical Description
xii, 292 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780544903210
Main Author
Jeremy N. Smith (author)
  • Preface: The hacker next door
  • Part I: Course 19. Inside out ; The coffeehouse club ; Earth to Alien ; A death in the family
  • Part II: In security. Up all night ; I spy ; Wild wild web ; A hackable heart transplant
  • Part III: Agents and Jedis. Capture the flag ; Check, please ; Up in the air ; Europe on five hacks a day
  • Part IV: Owner's manual. The bartender ; The best around ; Phoning home
  • Epilogue: Fast forward.