[ISN] 'Mafiaboy' writes book about the day he shut down the Internet

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 01:30:22 -0500 (CDT)

Canwest News Service 
October 02, 2008

The country's most notorious hacker, Mafiaboy, has written a tell-all 
book about his Internet attack of 2000 when he paralyzed the Web sites 
of CNN, Yahoo, eBay and other businesses for several hours. The book, 
Mafiaboy: How I Cracked the Internet and Why It's Still Broken, is 
expected to hit bookshelves next week. In it, the infamous hacker, now 
23, explains that he was not a computer whiz kid but quickly gained 
knowledge of computers and got to know other young hackers. "I felt a 
strange kinship with these nameless, faceless programmers and online 
rebels," he writes in an excerpt made available by the publisher. "To 
me, they were the coolest kids in cyberspace. I wanted to hang with 
them. I wanted to be a hacker." The book, co-written with Montreal 
journalist Craig Silverman, is billed as "a cautionary tale." After a 
manhunt, the RCMP and FBI apprehended the then-15-year-old student. He 
pleaded guilty to more than 50 charges.

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