The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
The watchman: the twisted life and crimes of serial hacker Kevin PoulsenUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Littman (The Fugitive Game: Online with Kevin Mitnick, LJ 1/96) takes us inside the mind of yet another notable computer hacker. Kevin Poulsen electronically seized the phone lines of a major Los ... Read full review
Review: The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin PoulsenUser Review - Aaron - Goodreads
I am not sure how much to believe is true in this book. But some the stuff this guy did is amazing. Overall though I felt pity for Kevin Poulsen. If you are interested in hacking and scams, or remember the earliest personal computers you will find this entertaining (parts of it at least). Read full review
Play a Game?
Blonds Have More Fun
The Storage Locker
The Wiretap Machine
Other editions - View all
Cyberpower: The Culture and Politics of Cyberspace and the Internet
Limited preview - 1999