Yesterday, in a rush to discover books that should be read by every shadowy computer agent, hackers associated with the mysterious group Anonymous brought down this very web site. An unfortunate side impact, and likely one that was completely unexpected by those rushing to access these pages, is that another five-million-plus other web sites became inaccessible for that same four-hour window. It’s amazing what avid readers can do in this technology-centric age.
As a public service to Anonymous and other like-minded groups, I have compiled a short list of classic works that younger members may have not yet had time to read in their heretofore short network-manipulating lives.
- The Count of Monte Cristo – Some have suggested that yesterday’s disruption in service stemmed from GoDaddy.com’s prior stand on the Stop Online Piracy Act, and that revenge motivated the hosting provider’s takedown. This book by Alexandre Dumas examines revenge as a motivating factor in making important decisions, and how those decisions impact the revenge-taker and others.
- The Art of War – Surprising, there are people in this world who want to stop organizations like Anonymous from gaining access to informative reading lists like this one. This ancient Chinese book may prove useful in understanding the tactics used by those who find “black hat” hacking less than savory. It also makes a great gift for FBI agents on the trail of hacking groups.
- Selected Works by William Blake – The poet Blake addressed issues of right and wrong, and of eternal consequences, often by reversing the very ideas he sought to communicate. For hackers unsure if their actions warrant praise or condemnation, a quick read through Blake’s classic verse may bring peace, or a life-altering crisis.
- The Ego and the Id – Have a little down time while your DDOS attack runs its course? Why not spend that time delving deep into your soul, far into the recesses of the unconscious. Some things are best left anonymous, but not your soul. This famous work by the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, will have you pondering the meaning of life and your mother’s involvement in it.