Salander is a member of the Hacker Republic, an elite group of world-class hackers. Members we encounter in this book are Plague, Trinity, and Bob the Dog. They are totally in Salander's corner and vitally come to her aid in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest where they find the child pornography in Dr. Peter Teleborian's computer and help Salander identify Erika Berger's stalker.