The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen

The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen

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Overview

Written like a California noir thriller by way of William Gibson, The Watchman brings to life the wildest, most audacious crime spree in the history of cyberspace. Busted as a teenager for hacking into Pac Bell phone networks, Kevin Poulsen would find his punishment was a job with a Silicon Valley defense contractor. By day he seemed to have gone straight, toiling on systems for computer-aided war. But by night he burglarized telephone switching offices, adopting the personae and aliases of his favorite comic-book anti heroes - the Watchmen. When authorities found a locker crammed with swiped telecommunications equipment, Poulsen became a fugitive from the FBI, living the life of a cyberpunk in a neon Hollywood underground. Soon he made the front pages of the New York Times and became the first hacker charged with espionage. Littman takes us behind the headlines and into the world of Poulsen and his rogues' gallery of cyberthieves. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with Poulsen, his confederates, and the authorities, he spins a thrilling chase story on the electronic frontier. The nation's phone network was Poulsen's playground. On Los Angeles's lucrative radio giveaways, Poulsen worked his magic, winning Porsches and tens of thousands of dollars. He secretly switched on the numbers of defunct Yellow Pages escort ads and took his cut of the profits. And he could wiretap or electronically stalk whomever he pleased, his childhood love or movie stars. The FBI seemed no match for Poulsen. But as Unsolved Mysteries prepared a broadcast on the hacker's crimes, LAPD vice stumbled onto his trail, and an undercover operation began on Sunset Strip.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316528573
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/31/1997
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue 3(8)
PART I 11(34)
Dungeon Master
11(10)
WarGames
21(6)
Play a Game?
27(6)
Network News
33(5)
Good Fellas
38(7)
PART II 45(50)
Top Secret
45(8)
Star Watch
53(6)
Identity Crisis
59(8)
Command Control
67(8)
Corporate Headquarters
75(4)
Watchman
79(8)
The Anti-Hacker
87(8)
PART III 95(112)
The Storage Locker
95(7)
The Bust
102(7)
Blindfolded
109(7)
The Meeting
116(8)
The Wiretap Machine
124(7)
Home Shopping
131(6)
Risky Business
137(9)
Controlled Detonation
146(10)
Classified
156(8)
Tap Dancing
164(9)
Kevin's Court
173(7)
Grand Jury
180(7)
Happy Birthday
187(5)
The Indictment
192(15)
PART IV 207
Blonds Have More Fun
207(7)
The Giveaway
214(8)
The Stakeout
222(8)
The Chase
230(10)
Unsolved Mysteries
240(10)
Musical Chairs
250(6)
The Office
256(9)
Houdini
265(8)
Epilogue
273(14)
Author's Note
287

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The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PLReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fascinating and informative work of investigative journalism. Like so many other similar narratives, it presents a frightening lack of technical ability in both law enforcement agencies and institutions like Pacific Bell!Even though the events in this book are over a decade old, I wonder how much security measures have changed in relation to current technology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw an interview with Poulsen after his release from prison complaining about how poorly Littmann protrayed him in this book. While I tend to agree with Poulsen about his poor portrayal, I think that alot of his gripes are overblown. I didn't enjoy this book as much as Littmann's other hacker book (Fugitive Game) but I still would recommend it for those readers out there with an interest about hackers.