Stealing the Network

Stealing the Network

How to Own a Shadow

1st Edition - February 1, 2007

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  • Authors: Johnny Long, Timothy Mullen, Ryan Russell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080517759

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The best-selling Stealing the Network series reaches its climactic conclusion as law enforcement and organized crime form a high-tech web in an attempt to bring down the shadowy hacker-villain known as Knuth in the most technically sophisticated Stealing book yet.Stealing the Network: How to Own a Shadow is the final book in Syngress’ ground breaking, best-selling, Stealing the Network series. As with previous title, How to Own a Shadow is a fictional story that demonstrates accurate, highly detailed scenarios of computer intrusions and counter-strikes. In How to Own a Thief, Knuth, the master-mind, shadowy figure from previous books, is tracked across the world and the Web by cyber adversaries with skill to match his own. Readers will be amazed at how Knuth, Law Enforcement, and Organized crime twist and torque everything from game stations, printers and fax machines to service provider class switches and routers steal, deceive, and obfuscate. From physical security to open source information gathering, Stealing the Network: How to Own a Shadow will entertain and educate the reader on every page.

Key Features

  • The final book in the Stealing the Network series will be a must read for the 50,000 readers worldwide of the first three titles
  • Law enforcement and security professionals will gain practical, technical knowledge for apprehending the most supplicated cyber-adversaries


This book is written for everyone in the Hacker and Infosec communities as well as technical hobbyists and tinkerers who have a burning desire to figure out how things really work. The Hacker and Infosec communities are tightly-knit groups where the authors of this book are extremely well known and command a great deal of respect and recognition.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments


    Story Editor

    Technical Inspiration

    Contributing Authors and Technical Editors, STN: How to Own an Identity

    Contributing Authors

    Special Contributor

    Foreword Contributor


    Technical Editor and Contributor, STN: How to Own a Continent


    Technical Reviewer

    Technical Advisors

    Technical Editor STN: How to Own the Box

    Contributing Authors



    Chapter 1: Travel Plans

    From the Diary of Robert Knoll, Senior

    Chapter 2: Back in the Saddle

    Chapter 3: Old Man and a Ghost

    Chapter 4: Rootkit

    From the Diary of Robert Knoll, Senior

    Chapter 5: Paul

    Blue Paint, Dark Skies

    Rubber Bouncing Swords

    A Hacker in the Making

    Chapter 6: The Birth of Pawn

    Showing Off For Rafa

    The POST Challenge

    “C” Is For Cookie

    Chapter 7: Dishonorable Discharge

    A ‘Blah’ Sort of Day

    Just Another Random Encounter

    Damsel In Distress

    You’re Not Just a Customer

    First Contact

    I’ve got an RFIDea …

    Testing the Shark-Infested Waters

    I’ve Got Good News and Bad News

    Chapter 8: McGaylver

    Flashback to Knuth

    There’s Something Else

    The Chase

Product details

  • No. of pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2007
  • Published: February 1, 2007
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080517759

About the Authors

Johnny Long

Johnny Long is a Christian by grace, a professional hacker by trade, a pirate by blood, a ninja in training, a security researcher and author. He can be found lurking at his website ( He is the founder of Hackers For Charity(, an organization that provides hackers with job experience while leveraging their skills for charities that need those skills.

Affiliations and Expertise

Security Researcher, Founder of Hackers For Charity

Timothy Mullen

Ryan Russell

Affiliations and Expertise

Ryan Russell (aka Blue Boar) has worked in the IT field for over 16 years.

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