A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

In 2000, Michael Calce, known as Mafiaboy, brought down the websites of Amazon, CNN, Dell, E-TRADE, eBay, and Yahoo!, inciting panic from Silicon Valley to the White House. He served eight months in open custody for the 56 charges on which he was convicted. In Mafiaboy: A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man, written with Craig Silverman, he gives a tour of the fast-evolving 21st-century world of hacking—from disruptions caused by teens like Calce, to organized crime and other efforts with potentially catastrophic results—and explains how to protect yourself online.


Michael Calce

Comments [4]


@ JT
Most probably someone being a guest on this show had an agent or publicity agency handle the airfare/hotel.

Aug. 04 2011 11:08 PM
imonteverdi from New York

I was unable to listen to Mafia Boy on Leonard Lopate show on the WNYC website. It does not appear to be included on the show's archive so that I can listen to the archive recording. Thank you for your help.

Aug. 04 2011 02:28 AM
Dave from UWS

I'd like Mafiaboy to comment on "Roboform", and other similar online password vaults.

Aug. 03 2011 02:00 PM

How does your guest get a hotel room or rent a car without a credit card?

Aug. 03 2011 01:58 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.