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Breaking and Entering
Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien" | Jeremy Smith
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This taut, true thriller takes a deep dive 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 wanted to study aerospace engineering, but she was soon drawn to the schools venerable tradition of high-risk physical trespassing: the original hacking. Within a year, one of her hallmates was dead, two others were on trial, and two had been institutionalized. And Aliens adventures were only just beginning. After a stint at the storied, secretive Los Alamos National Laboratory, Alien was recruited by a top cybersecurity firm where she deployed her large cache of virtual weaponsand the trespassing and social engineering talents she first developed while hacking at MIT. The company tested its clients security by every means possiblenot just coding, but donning disguises and sneaking past guards and secretaries into the C-suite. (She once got into the vault of a major bank by posing as its auditor.) Alien now runs her own boutique hacking outfit that caters to some of the worlds biggest and most vulnerable institutionsbanks, retailers, government agencies. Her work combines devilish charm, old-school deception, and next generation spycraft. In Breaking and Entering, cybersecurity finally gets the rich, character-driven, pacey treatment it deserves.
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Bookwormjillk
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This was a really interesting look into the world of computer hacking. Scary, but interesting.

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Bookwormjillk
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I‘ve been listening to this in the car. Very weird but in a good way.

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Busha1984
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a little different than what I had initially thought but it was a fascinating story about a woman, code named, "Alien." Breaking and Entering details her life starting in college at MIT and follows her growing and exciting life as a hacker over a number of years. While I didn't exactly understand everything the author was talking about, I did appreciate his succinct descriptions of computer words.

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Megabooks
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I‘m really enjoying this book! 👽👽 Staying warm learning about her hacking journey. Still on the #nonfiction kick!

Henry and I went for a short walk in the snow. I saw the tracks in bottom left. Does anyone know what made them? Cats possibly? Two neighbors turned their cats loose over the past two years. 😡😡

Dolly I‘m think rabbit especially with those two (front) feet held together. It‘s fun to track in fresh snow. 12mo
Megabooks @Dolly That could be it! We do have quite a few cottontails around. Henry likes their 💩 as a snack. 🤫🤦🏻‍♀️🐩❤️ 12mo
CouronneDhiver Looks like bunny prints to me... I get them in the backyard often 12mo
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Cailey_Mac Definitely rabbit; cat prints are almost single file but consistent; how depressing for those poor kitties though! 12mo
Megabooks @CouronneDhiver Cool! I like bunnies. Henry likes to bark at them from the safety and warmth of the inside of the house. Sigh. 12mo
Megabooks @Cailey_Mac I know! There are three or four cats wandering around the few houses here. I try to make sure they‘re okay. Thanks for the heads up on what their tracks look like!! 🐈💜 12mo
Cailey_Mac @Megabooks No problem! I live in the woods and our road is a common dumping ground for cats 😕 It‘s sweet of you to care enough to help in any way🙌🏼🐱 12mo
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