On a daily basis, we hear stories about identity theft and compromised security systems. Misperceptions fly and panic often reigns supreme. Dialog between all of these groups is the only effective weapon against the misinformation and suspicion.
Hoboken, NJ (PRWEB) June 15, 2010
Computer hackers continue to be looked upon with both fear and fascination by the mainstream and the media. On a daily basis, we hear stories about identity theft and compromised security systems. Misperceptions fly and panic often reigns supreme. Dialog between all of these groups is the only effective weapon against the misinformation and suspicion. For 26 years that dialog has taken place on the pages of the 2600 letters pages. Dear Hacker: Letters to the Editor of 2600 (Wiley; Available Now; $29.95) is a compilation of the single most popular feature that has appeared regularly in 2600 Magazine since its inception in 1984.
One thing that 2600 has become famous for is the wide variety of readers it attracts: corporate spies, adolescent rebels, computer geeks, anarchists, survivalists, worried parents, law enforcement, private eyes, criminals, and consumer advocates. On a regular basis, representatives of each of these groups writes in to the magazine and, quite often, winds up getting published. Depending on the source, the information offered can be insightful, funny, scary, or outright insane. Oftentimes, a reply from the editor is offered, which is often tinged with sarcasm or admonition. Many readers claim to buy the magazine just to read the letters. This book is the first time a collection of letters has been bound together and sorted by theme. The compilation of feedback from the early 1980s to the present will illustrate where we're headed, along with some of the interesting topics touched upon along the way. The book is divided into the following categories of letters:
- How Do I Become a Hacker?
- Questions About Technology
- Society's Rebels
- Retail Hijinks
- Hate Mail
- Nut Cases
- Leaked Info
Literally thousands of letters have been printed and some of the stories and experiences shared have been vital in the educational process of hundreds of thousands of readers. The letters are unique in that they are short snippets into the readers' lives and perspectives which often lead to more letters and/or commentary by the 2600 staff. Some are funny, some are sad, and some are extremely informative. Unlike the articles of the magazine, the letters are more informal and tinged with personality and opinion. They represent the true voice of the hacker community.
Emmanuel Goldstein has been the editor and publisher of 2600 Magazine since 1984, serving as the conduit for the voice of hackers around the globe. In each of the 100 issues published, Emmanuel has responded to literally thousands of "letters to the editor" which have been the single most talked about feature of the magazine over the years. Enhancing his reach into the audience, he has hosted Off the Hook, on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY City since 1988, a weekly talk-back program serving as a time capsule for hacker history such as the Kevin Mitnick saga, the effects of evolving technology and a changing political climate. Arbitron rates the program is the 2nd most listened to on the station.
Dear Hacker is the third book Goldstein has published with Wiley. The first two were, The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey and The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey, Collector's Edition.
Dear Hacker: Letters to the Editor of 2600
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Hardcover; $29.95; 576 Pages
Available Now; ISBN 978-0-470-62006-9
About the Authors
Emmanuel Goldstein has been the editor and publisher of 2600 Magazine since 1984, serving as the conduit for the voice of hackers around the globe. He has testified before Congress, served as technical consultant for the movie Hackers (1995), starring Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller. He has appeared on ABC News Nightline, 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, The CBS Morning News, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, Charlie Rose, as well as programs and documentaries in Canada, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, France, Poland, Japan, Australia, and the U.S. A regular speaker at conferences in London, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, Pisa, Vienna, and the U.S., he is the author of The Best of 2600, a must-have for those interested in the computer underground.
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