Hack and tell: Teen hacker Mafiaboy writes memoir

Michael Calce, aka "Mafiaboy," who shut down major Web sites in 2000, has written a tell-all book that is due out next week.

Michael Calce, aka "Mafiaboy," has written a memoir about how he temporarily shut down a handful of major Web sites and led the FBI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police on a manhunt when he was 15.

Due out next week, "Mafiaboy: How I Cracked the Internet and Why It's Still Broken," is a tell-all book and "cautionary tale" about how the teen (now 23) learned to hack from other "online rebels," according to The National Post.

His denial-of-service attack brought down the Web sites of CNN, Yahoo, Amazon.com, eBay, E*Trade Financial, and several others for up to several hours in February 2000. Calce ended up pleading guilty to more than 50 charges.

Meanwhile, another famed and formerly jailed hacker, Kevin Mitnick, is writing a memoir of his own .

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