The compelling true story of the computer underground and the bizarre lives and crimes of an elite group of young Australian hackers who, in the 1980s and 1990s, took on the forces of the establishment. They conquered and created chaos amongst some of the world's biggest and most powerful organisations, including NASA and the US military. Brilliant and obsessed, many of them found themselves addicted to hacking and phreaking. Some descended into drug addiction and madness. Others have been convicted and jailed for their acts of infiltration and disruption. Dreyfus and Assange reveal in detail this shadowy and shocking world.
Julian Assange is an Australian internet activist and journalist best known for his involvement with Wikileaks, a whistleblower website. Wikileaks is an international organization based in Sweden that publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of otherwise unavailable documents while preserving the anonymity of sources. Assange was a physics and mathematics student then a computer programmer, before taking on his current role as spokesperson and editor in chief for Wikileaks. He was the winner of the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award , awarded for exposing extrajudicial assassinations in Kenya with the investigation The Cry of Blood - Extra Judicial Killings and Disappearances.