By Michelle Slatalla, Joshua Quittner
Chronicles the epic our on-line world conflict among rival gangs of hackers--the Texas-based ''''Legion of Doom'''' and New York's ''''Masters of Deception''''--detailing the teams' exploits and discussing the criminal and moral implications of latest laptop know-how. $35,000 first printing. First serial, stressed. travel.
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All that will remain will be this greeting, a greeting that will make people think the logic bomb was set by Paul: Your system has been crashed by MOD The Masters of Disaster Virus installed by Scorpion GOODNIGHT SUCKERS Now, it was a good thing that one of AT&T's technicians found the logic bomb almost immediately and disabled it. Had the network crashed, it would have been a disaster indeed for AT&T. And a disaster for Paul. Why would someone sign Paul's name to this piece of work? Anyone who knew Paul would know that malicious destruction of a computer wasn't the sort of thing he would do, let alone condone someone else's doing.
That was thousands of dollars' worth of service that ITT wouldn't collect a penny for. The boys in MOD didn't stop to think about it, really, but there were people who might say this was more than just a prank. The Eye Center hack got so sophisticated that the boys rigged Allen's computer to dial Eli's beeper with each new ITT number. Eli could be walking around and his beeper would go off and he'd look down and thank you! manna from Heaven. There were people who might say things were escalating.
The feud pissed Eli off, frankly, on behalf of his friend. Who did these LOD guys think they were, dissing Phiber Optik of the LOD? Why did everyone say the Legion of Doom was so great anyway? What made them special? Eli had had a lot of friends in LOD, the original LOD, back before Goggans took control. Now it seemed like everybody was in a gang, and most of them were the saddest excuse for hackers that Eli had ever seen. Maybe the Legion of Doom was elite simply because it existed. If it was not the only gang out there in the underground, it was certainly the only one that boasted a decade of history and dozens of members nationwide who answered to a Texas leader.
Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace by Michelle Slatalla, Joshua Quittner