At Large is a non-fiction novel. The true story of Matt Singer (obviously not his real name), who is mentally retarded in reality, but leads a second life as the hacker, “Phantomd” and “Infomaster”. The story takes place from March 1991 to January 1993, and traces the events surrounding Phantomd’s escapades as he breaks into one computer system after another.
Singer is not an extremely talented hacker. He uses the most well know techniques, but the
showed first 75 words of 416 total
showed last 75 words of 416 total
of the novel, a lot of further detail could have been given for what happened between some events, but then again maybe that would have simply slowed down the progression of the storyline. The only other thing that could have improved was the research, some of the facts didn’t seem right (DOS, Digital Operating System???).
This book has increased my general knowledge of UNIX, Internet security, and American government-run departments. An enjoyable read too.