The Hacker Crackdown

by Bruce Sterling

Literary Freeware: Not for Commercial Use

Copyright (c) 1992, 1994 Bruce Sterling <>.

Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this publication provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

This is a book about cops, and wild teenage whiz-kids, and lawyers, and hairy-eyed anarchists, and industrial technicians, and hippies, and high-tech millionaires, and game hobbyists, and computer security experts, and Secret Service agents, and grifters, and thieves. This book is about the electronic frontier of the 1990s. It concerns activities that take place inside computers and over telephone lines.

English version

This English HTML version was converted by David Hedbor <> in November 1994, based on the text edition verison 1.2.

Czech version

The Czech version was translated by Václav Bárta (FIDO 2:423/59.1) and converted to HTML by myself. Please note that chapters "Preface to the Electronic Release", "Chronology of the Hacker Crackdown" and "Electronic Afterword to The Hacker Crackdown, New Years' Day 1994" are not yet translated to Czech. PDF version of Czech translation can be found at (local mirror is here).
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