Synopses & Reviews
"This extraordinarily powerful book demonstrates how utterly we lack the shared supranational tools needed to fight cybercrime. Essential reading." --Roberto Saviano, author of Gommorah
The benefits of living in a digital, globalized society are enormous; so too are the dangers. The world has become a law enforcer’s nightmare and every criminal’s dream. We bank online; shop online; date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world? Have we become complacent about our personal security—sharing our thoughts, beliefs and the details of our daily lives with anyone who might care to relieve us of them?
In this fascinating and compelling book, Misha Glenny, author of the international best seller McMafia, explores the three fundamental threats facing us in the twenty-first century: cybercrime, cyberwarfare and cyberindustrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars each year fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible and often supersmart new breed of criminal: the hacker.
Glenny has traveled and trawled the world. By exploring the rise and fall of the criminal website DarkMarket he has uncovered the most vivid, alarming and illuminating stories. Whether JiLsi or Matrix, Iceman, Master Splynter or Lord Cyric; whether Detective Sergeant Chris Dawson in Scunthorpe, England, or Agent Keith Mularski in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Glenny has tracked down and interviewed all the players—the criminals, the geeks, the police, the security experts and the victims—and he places everyone and everything in a rich brew of politics, economics and history.
The result is simply unputdownable. DarkMarket is authoritative and completely engrossing. It’s a must-read for everyone who uses a computer: the essential crime book for our times.
"Investigative reporter Glenny (McMafia) takes readers into the seedy underworld of cybercrime, where nothing is as it seems and whose inhabitants are best known to peers and law enforcement agencies by their aliases: Matrix001, Iceman, Dron, Cha0, JiLsi, and Lord Cyric. With global roots that can be traced to Turkey, Sri Lanka, England, and the Ukraine, among other countries, digital lawlessness-perpetrated by an ever-evolving, often-invisible new breed of criminal-costs governments and businesses billions every year. But don't go looking for advice on how to protect yourself here. Rather, taking its name from the online forum for cyber criminals that was shut down in 2008 after an FBI agent infiltrated it using an alias, the book explores the rise of three fundamental threats facing computer users in the digital era: cybercrime, cyber industrial espionage, and cyber warfare. Glenny accomplishes the herculean task of converting cryptic and tangled information into short, gripping chapters that often read like a high-tech thriller (complete with a surprise ending). But the alternate universe he uncovers via 200 hours of interviews with the world's military and intelligence communities, police, politicians, lawyers, and the hackers themselves reveals a frightening, all-too-real network of geeky thieves possessing both superiority complexes and inferior consciences.
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From one of the most intrepid investigative reporters at work today—an authoritative, edge-of-your-seat account of the new form of crime spawned by the digital world.
We bank online; shop online; date, learn, work, live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe in the brick-and-mortar world learned how to protect us in this burgeoning digital world? In fact, governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars a year fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible, and very smart new breed of criminal.
Misha Glenny, author of the international best seller McMafia, has traveled the world speaking with members of military and intelligence communities, police, politicians, lawyers, and most important, with hackers and their victims. He delves beneath the sheer audacity of these twenty-first-century criminals to reveal their personalities and what makes them tick. And he advances often surprising suggestions for the ways in which the authorities might begin to end the cybercrime epidemic.
At once a gripping story of true crime and a vital call to arms—for our governments, for the private sector, and for anyone who logs on.
About the Author
Misha Glenny is a former BBC Central Europe correspondent. He is the author of McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld; The Rebirth of History: Eastern Europe in the Age of Democracy; The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War (winner of the Overseas Press Club Award in 1993 for Best Book on Foreign Affairs); and The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and The Great Powers, 1804–1999. He is a former fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C., and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He lives in London.