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Book List

I have tried to pick out books that form part of a common pool of knowledge of the computer underground. Many people ask me what they should read to try to understand what it's about. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, just enough to raise your curiosity.

Computer Reference

Administering Usenet News Servers: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Building, and Managing Internet and Intranet News Services
ISBN 020141967X, available in paperback

Applied Cryptography (2nd Ed.)
by Bruce Schneier, ISBN 0471117099, available in paperback

Apache, The Definitive Guide, Third Addition
by Ben Laurie, Peter Laurie, ISBN 1565922506, available in paperback

Cisco 12.0 IOS Configuration Fundamentals
ISBN 1578700442, available in paperback.

Core Java 2, Volume 1 Fundamentals (6th Ed.) 
by Cay S. Horstmann, Gary Cornell, ISBN 0137669577, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

The Complete Freebsd (4th Ed.)
by Greg Lehey, ISBN 1571762469, available in paperback

DNS and BIND (4th Ed.)
by Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu, ISBN 1565925122, available in paperback

HTML, Java, CGI, VRML, SGML Web Publishing  
by William Robert Stanek, Mark Ketzler, and Steven J. DeRose, ISBN 1575210517, available in paperback.

Instant SQL Programming  
by Joe Celko, ISBN 1874416508, available in paperback

Internet Routing Architectures
by Bassam Halabi, ISBN 1562056522, available in hardcover

Java Distributed Computing
by Jim Farley and Mike Loukides, ISBN 1565922069, available in paperback

Managing IP Networks with Cisco Routers
by Scott M. Ballew, ISBN 1565923200, available in paperback

Managing Mail Lists
by O'Reilly, ISBN 156592259X, available in hardcover

Open Vms Operating System Concepts (2nd Ed.)
by David Donald Miller, ISBN 1555581579, available in paperback

Operating System Concepts (5th Ed.)
 
by Abraham Silberschatz and Peter Baer Galvin, ISBN 0471364142, available in hardcover

Operating Systems Internals and Principles (4th Ed.)

by William Stallings, ISBN 0138874077, available in hardcover

OSPF: Anatomy of an Internet Routing Protocol
by John Moy, ISBN 0201634724, available in hardcover.

OSPF: Complete Implementation

by John Moy, ISBN 0201634724, available in hardcover. This book is the companion to the above book.

Solaris Performance Administration: Performance Measurement, Fine Tuning, and Capacity Planning for Releases 2.5.1 and 2.6
by H. Frank Cervone, ISBN 0070117683, available in paperback.

TCP/IP Illustrated Volume One: The Protocols, Two: The Implementation, Three: Tcp for Transactions, Http, Nntp, and the Unix Domain Protocols
by W. Richard Stevens, available in paperback. These are the Authoritative three books on IP.

TCP/IP Network Administration (3rd Ed.) 
by Craig Hunt, ISBN 1565923227, available in paperback

Unix in a Nutshell: System V & Solaris 2.0
by Daniel Gilly, ISBN 1565920015, available in paperback

UNIX Shells by Example (3rd Ed.)
by Ellie Quigley, ISBN 0134608666, available in paperback. This item is occasionally unavailable.

Virtual Private Networks (2nd Ed.)
by O'Reilly, ISBN 1565923197, available in hardcover

Windows Sockets Network Programming  
by Bob Quinn, Dave Shute (Contributor), David K. Shute, ISBN 0201633728, available in hardcover

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Computer Security

Building Internet Firewalls (2nd Ed.)
by by Elizabeth D. Zwicky (Author), Simon Cooper (Author), D. Brent Chapman (Author) ISBN 1565921240, available in paperback

Cisco IOS Network Security
by Cisco Systems, ISBN 1578700574, available in hardbound

Computer Security Handbook (4th Ed.)
by Arthur E. Hutt, Seymour Bosworth, Douglas B. Hoyt, ISBN 0471118540, available in paperback

Designing Network Security (2nd Ed.)
ISBN 1578700434, available in hardbound

Information Security Management Handbook (4th Ed, Vol 1)
by Micki Krause and Harold F. Tipton (Used to review for the CISSP test), ISBN 0849399742, available in hardbound

Java Security: Hostile Applets, Holes & Antidotes
by Gary McGraw, Edward Fellen, Edward Felten, ISBN 047117842X, available in paperback

Practical Unix & Internet Security (3rd Ed.)
by Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, ISBN 1565921488, available in paperback

Web Security, Privacy and Commerce (2nd Ed.)
by Simson Garfinkel, ISBN 1565922697, available in paperback

Web Security Sourcebook
by Marcus Ranum, Avi Rubin and Dan Geer, ISBN 047118148X, available in paperback

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Cyber Punk


William Gibson

The person who coined the term "Cyberspace" in the phenomenal book Neuromancer. We try and get him at DEF CON each year, if we could only get past his agent!

Neuromancer, ISBN 0441569595, available in paperback or hardcover [ISBN 0441000681]
Count Zero, ISBN 0441117732, available in paperback
Mona Lisa Overdrive, ISBN 0553281747, available in paperback or Special Order Edition [ISBN 999271641X]
Burning Chrome, ISBN 0441089348, available in paperback
The Difference Engine, ISBN 055329461X, available in paperback
Virtual Light, ISBN 0553566067, available in paperback
Idoru, ISBN 0425158640, available in paperback or on audio cassette [ISBN 0399142258]

Bruce Sterling

Islands in the Net, ISBN 0441374239, available in paperback
Mirror Shades, ISBN 0441533825, available in paperback
Heavy Weather, ISBN B000002AGE, available in paperback
Schismatrix Plus: Includes Schismatrix and Selected Stories from Crystal Express, ISBN 0441003702, available in paperback.

Phillip K. Dick

Blade Runner

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is in trade paperback [ISBN 0345350472], paperback [ISBN 0345404475], or audio cassette [ISBN 1570420521]
Retrofitting Blade Runner: Issues in Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' and Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', ISBN 0879725109, available in paperback and hard to find used
Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, ISBN 0061053147, available in paperback, and quite cool.

Neal Stephenson

What can I say? All three of these books are excellent all for different reasons.

Snowcrash, ISBN 0553562614, available in paperback.
The Diamond Age, ISBN 0553573314, available in paperback, or the more elite out of print version.
Interface, ISBN 0553572407, available in paperback, and written under Stephenson's pen-name, Stephen Bury.
Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller, ISBN 0553573861, available in paperback. Not quite cyberpunk, it was Neal's first book.

Vernor Vinge

You will notice similarities between the excellent True Names and Neuromancer.

True Names and Other Dangers, ISBN 0671653636, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
True Names and The Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier, ISBN 0312862075, available in hardcover.

John Brunner

This is one of the books that started it all. A bit before its time. 

The Shockwave Rider, ISBN 0345324315, available in paperback.
Stand on Zanzibar, ASIN 0837604389, available in paperback and out of stock.

F.E. Jones

Colossus, ISBN 0425032299, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network. 
The Fall of Colossus, ISBN 0399112820, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network. 
Colossus and the Crab, ISBN 0425043274, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
Colossus Trilogy: A Twenty Fifth Anniversary Omnibus Edition/Colossus, Fall of Colossus and Colossus and the Crab, ISBN 9991250271, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
Colossus the Forbin Project (The Movie) is in VHS Format [ISBN 6300987531]

Mel Odom

Lethal Interface, ISBN 0451451546, available in paperback.

George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty Four is in trade paperback [ISBN 0451524934], paperback [ISBN 0452262933], hardbound [ISBN 0151660387] and old hardback [ISBN 0899663680]

William C. Dietz

Legion of the Damned, ISBN 0441480403, available in paperback.
Bodyguard, ISBN 044100105X, available in paperback.

Aldous Leonard Huxley

Brave New World, ISBN 1556510799, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
Brave New World Revisited, ISBN 0060809841, available in paperback.

Frederick Pohl

Man Plus, ISBN 067187618X, available in paperback This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
Mars Plus, ISBN 0671876651, available in paperback or hardcover [ISBN 0671876058]

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A peek behind the curtains...

Corporate Espionage: What It Is, Why It Is Happening in Your Company, What You Must Do About It
by Ira Winkler, ISBN 0761508406, available in paperback

Information Warfare: Chaos on the Electronic Superhighway
by Winn Schwartau, ISBN 1560251328, available in hardcover

Spy Catcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer
by Peter Wright, ISBN 0670820555, available in hardcover This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

The Spy Catcher Trial: The Scandal Behind the #1 Best Seller
by Malcolm Turnbull, ISBN 0881624225, available in hardcover. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
by Ben R. Rich, Leo Janosy, ISBN 0316743003, available in paperback

Inside the Cia: Revealing the Secrets of the World's Most Powerful Spy Agency

by Ronald Kessler, ISBN 067173458X, available in paperback

The FBI: Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency

by Ronald Kessler, ISBN 067178658X, available in paperback

The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency
 
by James Bamford, ISBN 0140067485, available in paperback

Mossad: Israel's Secret Intelligence Service
by Dennis Eisenberg, ISBN , available in paperback This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret Warby

by William Stevenson, ISBN 0451158989, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

Inside Cia's Private World: Declassified Articles from the Agency's Internal Journal, 1955-1992  
by H. Bradford Westerfield (Editor), ISBN 0300072643, available in paperback

A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century

by Jeffrey T. Richelson, ISBN 019511390X, available in paperback

Che Guevara and the FBI
by Ratner, ASIN 1875284761, available in paperback

Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption
by Whitfield Diffie, Susan Landau, ISBN 0262041677, available in hardcover

Friendly Spies: How America's Allies Are Using Economic Espionage to Steal Our Secrets
by Peter Schweizer, ISBN 0871134977, available in hardcover

War by Other Means:  Economic Espionage in America
by John J. Fialka, ISBN 0393040143, available in hardcover

Competitive Intelligence: How to Gather, Analyse, and Use Information to Move Your Business to the Top
by Larry Kahaner, ISBN 0684844044, available in paperback

Friendly Spies: How America's Allies Are Using Economic Espionage to Steal Our Secrets
by Peter Schweizer, ISBN 0871134977, available in hardcover. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

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Unconventional Information

How to Investigate Your Friends, Enemies, & Lovers
by Trent Sands & John Q. Newman, ISBN 1568661436, available in paperback

Credit Power: Rebuild your credit in 90 days or less!
by John Q. Newman, ISBN 1568661312, available in paperback

Privacy Power: Protecting Your Personal Privacy in the Digital Age
by Trent Sands, ISBN 1568661118, available in paperback

The Underground Database, ISBN 156866043X, available in paperback

Level 4 Virus Hunters of the CDC
by Joseph B. McCormick, MD. & Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD, ISBN 1570362777, available in paperback

The Hot Zone
by Richard Preston, ISBN 0385479565, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

Smart Casino Gambling
by Olaf Vancura, Ph.D., ISBN 1568664249, available in paperback

Cheating and Advantage Play at Blackjack
by Dustin D. Marks, ISBN 1568660715, available in paperback

Cheating at Blackjack Squared
by Dustin D. Marks, ISBN 1568660731, available in paperback

The Ultimate Scanner
by Bill Cheek, ISBN 1568660588, available in paperback

Radio Monitoring: The How-to Guide
by T.J. Arey, N2EI, ASIN 1568661010, available in paperback

Scanner Mods and Antennas
by Jerry Pickard, ISBN 1568661207, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

Scanners & Secret Frequencies
by Henry L. Eisenson, ASIN 1568660383, available in paperback

TravelScan
by Henery & Eric Eisenson, ISBN 1568660847, available in paperback

Smart Drugs and Nutrients: How to Improve Your Memory and Increase Your Intelligence Using the Latest Discoveries in Neuroscience
by Ward Dean, John Morgenthaler, ISBN 0962741892, available in paperback

Smart Drugs II : The Next Generation: New Drugs and Nutrients to Improve Your Memory and Increase Your Intelligence
by Ward Dean, John Morgenthaler, and Steven William Fowkes, ISBN 0962741876, available in paperback

Mega Brain Power: Transform Your Life With Mind Machines and Brain Nutrients
by Michael Hutchison, ISBN 1562827707, available in paperback

Smart Card Developer's Kit
by Scott B. Guthery, Timothy M. Jurgensen, ISBN 1578700272, available in paperback

Acquiring New Id: How to Easily Use the Latest Computer Technology to Drop Out, Start Over, and Get on With Your Life
by Ragnar Benson, ISBN 0873648943, available in paperback

The Modern Identity Changer: How to Create a New Identity for Privacy and Personal Freedom
by Sheldon Charrett, ISBN 087364946X, available in paperback

Acquiring New Id: How to Easily Use the Latest Computer Technology to Drop Out, Start Over, and Get on With Your Life
by Ragnar Benson, ISBN 0873648943, available in paperback

The Modern Identity Changer: How to Create a New Identity for Privacy and Personal Freedom
by Sheldon Charrett, ISBN 087364946X, available in paperback

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Underground Culture

Approaching Zero: The Extraordinary Underworld of Hackers, Phreakers, Virus Writers, and Keyboard Criminals
by Paul Mungo and Bryan Clough, ISBN 0679409386, available in paperback. This book is out-of print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

At Large: The Strange Case of the World's Biggest Internet Invasion
by David Freedman and Charles Mann, ISBN 0684824647, available in hardcover

The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
by Cliff Stoll, ISBN 0671726889, available in paperback

Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier  
by Katie Halfner and John Markhoff, ISBN 0684818620, available in paperback

The Cyberthief and the Samurai
by Jeff Goodell, ISBN 0440222052, available in paperback

The Fugitive Game: Online With Kevin Mitnick  
by Jonathan Littman, ISBN 0316528692, available in paperback

The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier
by Bruce Sterling, ISBN 055356370X, available in paperback

Hackers - Heroes of the Computer Revolution
by Steven Levy, ISBN 0385312105, available in paperback, or the older hard to find hardback

Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace
by Michele Slatalla, Joshua Quittner, ISBN 0060926945, available in paperback

Out of the Inner Circle: The True Story of a Computer Intruder Capable of Cracking the Nation's Most Secure Computer Systems
by Bill Landreth is Hard to find, harder to find, and very hard to find.

Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick, America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw-By the Man Who Did It  
by John Markhoff and Tsutomu Shimomura, ISBN 0786889136, available in paperback

The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen
by Jonathan Littman, ISBN , available in hardcover

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
by Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon, ISBN 0684832674, available in paperback

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