September 2006, 320 pp.
This book is currently out of stock, but the ebook is still available
In the beginning there was dial-up, and it was slow; then came broadband in the form of cable, which redefined how we access the internet, share information, and communicate with each other online. Hacking the Cable Modem goes inside the device that makes Internet via cable possible and, along the way, reveals secrets of many popular cable modems, including products from Motorola, RCA, WebSTAR, D-Link and more.
Inside Hacking The Cable Modem, you’ll learn:
Written for people at all skill levels, the book features step-by-step tutorials with easy to follow diagrams, source code examples, hardware schematics, links to software (exclusive to this book!), and previously unreleased cable modem hacks.
WARNING: The practice of modifying a cable modem violates service agreements, and hackers risk being banned by service providers for life. This book is not intended to be used for stealing Internet service or any other illegal activity.
About the Author
Profiled by Security Focus, TechTV, and the Register, DerEngel has been hailed as "the underground Prometheus of super-broadband." He has written several programs to simplify and streamline the uncapping process since he started hacking cable modems more than five years ago. He currently heads TCNISO INC., a group of hackers who have revolutionized reverse engineering techniques and produce leading-edge firmware modifications.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A History of Cable Modem Hacking
"No Starch Press is a publisher with a penchant for finding geeky niches that other publishers won't touch, and DerEngel's Hacking the Cable Modem is a fine case in point."
"Just when I thought the old style tradition of hacking was lost forever, I was thrilled to discover Hacking the Cable Modem . . . it is refreshing to see a book written by a next generation hacker who works in the old tradition. It is also satisfying to see the thoroughness of his work."
"I am thoroughly impressed with both the author and the information content. . . Part textbook, part documentary."
"This book can prepare you for what you'll find under the hood of the modern cable modem. . . You don't have to be a geek to follow along."
"Secrets of many popular cable modem products include step-by-step tutorials with source code examples, diagrams, and even schematics – something usually absent from hacker's guide."
"DerEngel's excellent descriptions of firmware and buffer overflows provide many insights into the art of reverse engineering."
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"The author is a certified geek (a good thing), and he makes accessible some of the industry's dirty secrets."
"This is a 'how' as well as a 'how to' book. It examines the technology employed by the cable industry as well as details for specific products . . . The book is also useful as a practical example of reverse engineering. Few books attempt to do this."
"If you're fascinated by the technology behind cable modems, you will find this book authored by hackers surprisingly well written, informative and interesting, with no information held back."
"Just like many an engineer, [DerEngel] got on to something, and he won't let go until he thoroughly understands it. And because the industry keeps improving cable modems, there's more for him to keep trying to understand. And because he's an engineer, he wants to share what he knows, hence the book."
Author DerEngel on live radio show aired on WBAI-FM in NYC; interview starts about 10 minutes in.
"We're not about to follow his lead, but heck, you don't have to kill anyone to enjoy reading a good murder mystery. There's an unmistakable appeal here to the inner geek in many of us; that said, it's a quality that's also a prerequisite for enjoying this book. We liked it, but we're quirky that way."
"Interesting to understand what goes on between the cable company and your PC . . . This is one of those books that consolidates a lot of information into one place, and will save you an immense amount of time. It's definitely covering a subject and niche that hasn't gotten much (if any) coverage before."
"A good introduction to the inner workings of these blinky boxes, and the techniques currently in use by the hacking community to defeat security measures."