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Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity

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Publisher Comments:

“If you bank or manage your stocks online, you have to read this book. Cyberspace is making all sorts of things possible. Unfortunately, among them are fraud, theft, and espionage—all of which can directly impact you.”--Richard Clarke, noted counterterrorism expert and bestselling author of Against All Enemies

A white-collar true-crime story, Zero Day Threat is a powerful investigative expose on bank and lending policies that actually facilitate ID theft and fraud. USA Today reporters Acohido and Swartz reveal the many ways that established corporations and technology giants (including Bank of America, Microsoft, and Google) have fixated on the Internet to maximize their profits, heedless of increased risks to customers. While examining the exploding range of hidden Internet hazards, they reveal the ways in which cyber crooks nab identity data--such as Dumpster diving for bountiful paper trash that offers account user names, passwords and  Social Security numbers--and then exploit that information through channels opened up by careless corporate policies.  

 Using real-life examples of those who have endured the nightmare of a stolen identity, Zero Day Threat organizes its narrative around three central archetypes:
  • The Exploiters: The drug addicts, scam artists, and crime lords who carry out the gritty aspects of data theft and financial fraud;
  • The Enablers: The credit card companies, banks, and credit bureaus who broker data;
  • The Expediters: The technology experts running the gamut from good guys like Bill Gates to the devious virus writers and database hackers always on the alert for fresh flaws.
    Intended not merely to alarm, but to illuminate, Zero Day Threat exposes how lawbreakers do their dirty work, and how corporations help them do it.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781402756955
Subtitle:
The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity
Publisher:
Union Square Press
Author:
Acohido, Byron
Author:
Swartz, Jon
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
General
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Financial institutions
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Identity theft - United States
Subject:
Financial institutions - Corrupt practices -
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY - PHLSPHY GEN TRD PB
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Law » General
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