Monday, March 9, 2015

Hacking and Hackers.

Haerens, Margaret, and Lynn M. Zott.  Hacking and Hackers.   Gale/Greenhaven  2014  211p  $30.95  ISBN 978-0-7377-6657-8      ms/hs  series: Opposing Viewpoints#4  Nonfiction  VG 

This book presents opposing viewpoints regarding the most effective way to combat hacking, whether hactivism is a serious threat, the significance of WikiLeaks, and the role of the government regarding hacking.  This concise book is well written and organized and provides much information from the viewpoint of both sides of the controversy, a characteristic for which the series is traditionally known.  Accurate information is disseminated in a succinct manner, relating facts on the debate without opinion or bias.

In addition to the informative text
, there is the visual appeal of the book.  The illustrations, graphs, and text boxes utilize no color, and the seriousness of the issues is enhanced by the use of black and white.  It also provides consistency with the other titles in this series and allows students a familiarity of flow when reading or researching with this book.

Hacking and Hackers lives up to the remarkable reputation of other titles in th
is popular series.  It is a very good resource for young readers and researchers, and information is validated through additional sources.  The detailed table of contents, information pages, list of organizations to contact, bibliography and comprehensive index make this a very good resource.
This is one book in the Opposing Viewpoints series.  This series provides factual information surrounding debates on controversial issues. Consistency of format throughout makes this a valuable series for middle- and high-school libraries.  There are currently 278 volumes in this series.

Computer hacking, Computer crimes               --Virginia McGarvey

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