Hacker From the 'Hood Tells All

Monday, 9 December 2002, 10:40 AM EST

Twenty-one years worth of living doesn't usually merit a biography.

But hacker Ejovi Nuwere's new memoir is worth a read, not because it describes a particularly unique life, but because of its intimate look into the life of a technically inclined kid growing up in less than ideal circumstances.

!Hacker Cracker: A Journey from the Mean Streets of Brooklyn to the Frontiers of Cyberspace!, describes Nuwere's childhood in Brooklyn's rough Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

The book isn't focused solely on hacking. Nuwere writes about his mother's battle with drug addiction and her death, his own depression and suicide attempts and life as a street gang member.

"In many ways technology saved me. It allowed me to escape from a world of violence and negativity into a world that was limitless and unrestrictive," Nuwere said.

"When I was online I was free to be anyone. I didn't have to be a poor kid on welfare, I could be John Doe from suburban Pennsylvania."

But he couldn't be online all the time. He was banned from the computer lab at school because, he claims, his teachers weren't thrilled that he knew more than they did.

On the streets, Nuwere said he was respected for his tech skills despite the fact that a lot of people didn't understand what he was trying to do. Mostly, he was asked if he could hack into bank or government computers.

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