Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet

PublicAffairs #ad - They began by attacking corporate websites but increasingly stole financial data from consumers and defense secrets from governments. They also sent detective andrew crocker, a Welsh former boxer, to Russia to track down and prosecute the hackers—and to find out who they worked for. Fatal system error penetrates both the Russian cyber-mob and the American mafia as the two fight over the Internet’s massive spoils.

While barrett investigated the cutting edge of technology crime, the U. S. Without fully grasping the repercussions, he set on an investigation that led him into the heart of the Russian mob. In the late 1990s, the Queen herself had declared safe e-commerce a national security priority. Britain, however, was a different story.

Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet #ad - In 2004, a california computer whiz named Barrett Lyon uncovered the identity of a hacker running major assaults on business websites. Government struggled to catch up. Together, their stories explain why cybercrime is much worse than you thought—and why the Internet might not survive.  . Cybercrime was evolving.

Agents from the london-based National Hi-Tech Crime Unit sought out Barrett and enlisted his help.


Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World

PublicAffairs #ad - Cult of the dead cow shows how governments, corporations, and criminals came to hold immense power over individuals and how we can fight back against them. They contributed to the development of Tor, the most important privacy tool on the net, and helped build cyberweapons that advanced US security without injuring anyone.

. The shocking untold story of the elite secret society of hackers fighting to protect our privacy, most respected, our freedom -- even democracy itselfCult of the Dead Cow is the tale of the oldest, and most famous American hacking group of all time. Though until now it has remained mostly anonymous, and created what was for years the best technique for controlling computers from afar, released the top tool for testing password security, its members invented the concept of hacktivism, forcing giant companies to work harder to protect customers.

Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World #ad - The most famous is former texas congressman and current presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, launch an alternative publication in El Paso, whose time in the cDc set him up to found a tech business, and make long-shot bets on unconventional campaigns. Today, the group and its followers are battling electoral misinformation, making personal data safer, and battling to keep technology a force for good instead of for surveillance and oppression.

Many of these hackers have become top executives and advisors walking the corridors of power in Washington and Silicon Valley. With its origins in the earliest days of the Internet, the cDc is full of oddball characters -- activists, artists, even future politicians.


Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground

Crown #ad - Former hacker kevin poulsen has, over the past decade, built a reputation as one of the top investigative reporters on the cybercrime beat. And for years, he did it all with seeming impunity, even as countless rivals ran afoul of police. But as the black-hat “iceman, ” he found in the world of data theft an irresistible opportunity to test his outsized abilities.

Together with a smooth-talking con artist, he ran a massive real-world crime ring. The word spread through the hacking underground like some unstoppable new virus: Someone—some brilliant, audacious crook—had just staged a hostile takeover of an online criminal network that siphoned billions of dollars from the US economy.

In kingpin, he pours his unmatched access and expertise into book form for the first time, delivering a gripping cat-and-mouse narrative—and an unprecedented view into the twenty-first century’s signature form of organized crime. In these pages, we are ushered into vast online-fraud supermarkets stocked with credit card numbers, hacked bank accounts, counterfeit checks, dead drops, and fake passports.

The fbi rushed to launch an ambitious undercover operation aimed at tracking down this new kingpin; other agencies around the world deployed dozens of moles and double agents. Through the story of this criminal’s remarkable rise, and of law enforcement’s quest to track him down, Kingpin lays bare the workings of a silent crime wave still affecting millions of Americans.

Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground #ad - And thanks to poulsen’s remarkable access to both cops and criminals, we step inside the quiet, desperate arms race that law enforcement continues to fight with these scammers today. Ultimately, kingpin is a journey into an underworld of startling scope and power, one in which ordinary American teenagers work hand in hand with murderous Russian mobsters and where a simple Wi-Fi connection can unleash a torrent of gold worth millions.


Worm: The First Digital World War

Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - In this “masterpiece” the philadelphia inquirer, millionaire Internet entrepreneurs, Mark Bowden expertly lays out a spellbinding tale of how hackers, researchers, and computer security experts found themselves drawn into a battle between those determined to exploit the Internet and those committed to protecting it.

The conficker worm infected its first computer in November 2008, and within a month had infiltrated 1. 5 million computers in 195 countries. No one had ever seen anything like it. Banks, telecommunications companies, and critical government networks—including British Parliament and the French and German military—became infected almost instantaneously.

Worm: The First Digital World War #ad - By january 2009, the worm lay hidden in at least eight million computers, and the botnet of linked computers it had created was big enough that an attack might crash the world. From the bestselling author of Black Hawk Down, the gripping story of the Conficker worm—the cyberattack that nearly toppled the world.


Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime

St. Martin's Press #ad - Soon she is extorting Silicon Valley billionaires for millions--without knowing the first thing about computers. A veteran cybersecurity specialist has built a deep network of top notch hackers in one of the world’s largest banks. Wow. A hotel doorman in china once served in the People’s Army, stealing intellectual property from American companies.

But then the bank brings in a cadre of ex-military personnel to “help. A cynical russian only leaves his tiny New Jersey apartment to hack sports cars at a high performance shop in Newark. Now he uses his skills to build up a private side-business selling the data he takes from travelers to Shanghai’s commercial center.

Kingdom of lies follows the intertwined stories of cybercriminals and ethical hackers as they jump from criminal trend to criminal trend, crisis to crisis. Cybercrime and security has found its Michael Lewis. Bret witter, a fascinating and frightening behind-the-scenes look at the interconnected cultures of hackers, co-author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Monuments Men One of BookRiot's "50 of the Best Books to Read This Summer"In the tradition of Michael Lewis and Tom Wolfe, security specialists, and law enforcement A 19-year-old Romanian student stumbles into a criminal ransomware ring in her village.

Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime #ad - Kate fazzini is the rare top-level reporter who can make you see, smell and feel a hidden world, not just understand it. A cybersecurity professional turned journalist, kate Fazzini illuminates the many lies companies and governments tell us about our security, the lies criminals tell to get ahead, and the lies security leaders tell to make us think they are better at their jobs than they are.

Like traffic set in the cybercrime world, Kingdom of Lies is as entertaining as it is eye opening.


Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door

Sourcebooks #ad - As krebs notes, harvest personal information like usernames and passwords, spammers can-and do-hack into accounts through these emails, and sell them on the digital black market. The fallout from this global epidemic doesn't just cost consumers and companies billions, it costs lives too. Fast-paced and utterly gripping, Spam Nation ultimately proposes concrete solutions for protecting ourselves online and stemming this tidal wave of cybercrime-before it's too late.

Krebs's talent for exposing the weaknesses in online security has earned him respect in the IT business and loathing among cybercriminals. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies-and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks-he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere.

Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door #ad - Blending cutting-edge research, and firsthand interviews, investigative reporting, this terrifying true story reveals how we unwittingly invite these digital thieves into our lives every day. Now a new york times bestseller!there is a threat Lurking Online with the Power to Destroy Your Finances, Steal Your Personal Data, and Endanger Your Life.

In spam nation, investigative journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs unmasks the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. From unassuming computer programmers right next door to digital mobsters like "Cosma"-who unleashed a massive malware attack that has stolen thousands of Americans' logins and passwords-Krebs uncovers the shocking lengths to which these people will go to profit from our data and our wallets.

Not only are hundreds of thousands of Americans exposing themselves to fraud and dangerously toxic products from rogue online pharmacies, but even those who never open junk messages are at risk.


Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien"

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - The company tested its clients’ security by every means possible—not just coding, but donning disguises and sneaking past guards and secretaries into the C‑suite. After a stint at the storied, secretive los alamos national Laboratory, Alien was recruited by a top cybersecurity firm where she deployed her cache of virtual weapons—and the trespassing and social engineering talents she had developed while “hacking” at MIT.

Her work combines devilish charm, old‑school deception, and next generation spycraft. This taut, as seen through the brilliant, true thriller dives into a dark world that touches us all, breakneck career of an extraordinary hacker—a woman known only as Alien. In breaking and entering, character‑driven, cybersecurity finally gets the rich, fast-paced treatment it deserves.

Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien" #ad -  . When she arrived at mit in the 1990s, alien was quickly drawn to the school’s tradition of high‑risk physical trespassing: the original “hacking. Within a year, one of her hallmates was dead and two others were arraigned. Alien now runs a boutique hacking outfit that caters to some of the world’s biggest and most vulnerable institutions—banks, retailers, government agencies.

Alien’s adventures were only just beginning.


Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

Simon & Schuster #ad - The general said it was. Fred kaplan probes the inner corridors of the national security agency, and the national security debates in the White House to reveal the details of the officers, policymakers, the beyond-top-secret cyber units in the Pentagon, the “information warfare” squads of the military services, scientists, and spies who devised this new form of warfare and who have been planning—and more often than people know fighting—these wars for decades.

From the 1991 gulf war to conflicts in haiti, serbia, syria, and Iran, the former Soviet republics, where cyber warfare played a significant role, Iraq, Dark Territory chronicles a little-known past that shines an unsettling light on our future. An eye-opening history of our government’s efforts to effectively manage our national security in the face of the largely open global communications network established by the World Wide Web….

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War #ad - Dark territory is a page-turner and consistently surprising” The New York Times. An important, starred review, disturbing, the never-before-told story of the computer scientists and the NSA, Pentagon, and gripping history” Kirkus Reviews, and White House policymakers who invent and employ cyber wars—where every country can be a major power player and every hacker a mass destroyer.

In june 1983, in which a teenager unwittingly hacks the Pentagon, President Reagan watched the movie War Games, and asked his top general if the scenario was plausible. This set in motion the first presidential directive on computer security.



Doubleday #ad - Cliff stoll was an astronomer turned systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab when a 75-cent accounting error alerted him to the presence of an unauthorized user on his system. Computer systems and steal sensitive military and security information. The hacker's code name was "Hunter"—a mysterious invader who managed to break into U.

S. Before the internet became widely known as a global tool for terrorists, one perceptive U. S. Stoll began a one-man hunt of his own: spying on the spy. Citizen recognized its ominous potential. But would the authorities back him up? Cliff Stoll's dramatic firsthand account is "a computer-age detective story, instantly fascinating and astonishingly gripping" Smithsonian.

CUCKOO'S EGG #ad - It was a dangerous game of deception, broken codes, satellites, and missile bases—a one-man sting operation that finally gained the attention of the CIA . And ultimately trapped an international spy ring fueled by cash, cocaine, and the KGB. Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security.


Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

Little, Brown and Company #ad - Ghost in the wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, and unbelievable escapes--and a portrait of a visionary who forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, suspense, and forced companies to rethink the way they protect their most sensitive information. The thrilling memoir of the world's most wanted computer hacker "manages to make breaking computer code sound as action-packed as robbing a bank" NPR.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker #ad - He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies--and no matter how fast the authorities were, computer systems, sprinting through phone switches, Mitnick was faster, and cellular networks. As the fbi's net finally began to tighten, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated game of hide-and-seek that escalated through false identities, to an ultimate showdown with the Feds, a host of cities, and plenty of close shaves, Mitnick went on the run, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.

. Kevin mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history.


Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

Doubleday #ad - Targeting american utility companies, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, NATO, the strikes grew ever more brazen. Working in the service of russia's military intelligence agency, highly skilled force, one whose talents are matched by their willingness to launch broad, they represent a persistent, unrestrained attacks on the most critical infrastructure of their adversaries.

At the attack's epicenter in Ukraine, ATMs froze. Hospitals went dark. It's a tour through a realm that is both invisible and critical to the daily lives of every person alive in the 21st century. Los angeles timesfrom wired senior writer andy greenberg comes the true story of the most devastating cyberattack in history and the desperate hunt to identify and track the elite Russian agents behind itIn 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks.

As the kremlin's role in foreign government manipulation comes into greater focus, Sandworm exposes the realities not just of Russia's global digital offensive, but of an era where warfare ceases to be waged on the battlefield. They target government and private sector, military and civilians alike. A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, Sandworm considers the danger this force poses to our national security and stability.

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers #ad - Notpetya spread around the world, inflicting an unprecedented ten billion dollars in damage—the largest, most destructive cyberattack the world had ever seen. The hackers behind these attacks are quickly gaining a reputation as the most dangerous team of cyberwarriors in history: a group known as Sandworm.

Sandworm is much more than a true-life techno-thriller.