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Stealing the Network: The Complete Series Collector's Edition, Final Chapter, and DVD by Timothy Mullen, Ryan Russell, Johnny Long

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Chapter 32. The Conversation

Jeff Moss as “Tom”

When Timothy Mullen came up with the idea for this book during dinner at the Black Hat conference last year, I was pleased to be asked to contribute a chapter. When it came time for me to actually write it, I realized I was at a disadvantage. I hadn’t created characters for the previous books, so my contribution would have to be fresh. There was the temptation to create a story around an uber-haxor with nerves of steel, the time to plan, and the skills to execute. Such a character would have given me the most flexibility as a writer. After a 16-page false start about a small business owner, a bicycle community portal, and the ever-present Russian Mafia, my first draft hit too many logical problems, ...

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