In this disquieting cyber thriller, Joseph Menn takes readers into the murky hacker underground, traveling the globe from San Francisco to Costa Rica and London to Russia. His guides are California surfer and computer whiz Barrett Lyon and a fearless British high-tech agent. Through these heroes, Menn shows the evolution of cyber-crime from small-time thieving to sophisticated, organized gangs, who began by attacking corporate websites but increasingly steal financial data from consumers and defense secrets from governments. Using unprecedented access to Mob businesses and Russian officials, the book reveals how top criminals earned protection from the Russian government.
Fatal System Error penetrates both the Russian cyber-mob and La Cosa Nostra as the two fight over the Internet's massive spoils. The cloak-and-dagger adventure shows why cyber-crime is much worse than you thought and why the Internet might not survive.
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All Over the Place
I bought this audiobook to listen to while driving to work. It started off really well describing how a computer whiz built a business protecting the shadowy world of internet gambling but quickly went off the rails and ended up all over the place. If the author had stuck with the original story of how one man built a company on protecting against DDOS attacks, it may have made a good book but instead it seems like he ran out of material and just started adding bits and pieces from all kinds of various hacker stories and eventually ends up in Russia at a hacker’s criminal trial. Very disappointing.