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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/26/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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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.

Author Biography

Joseph Menn covers cyber-security and other technology issues for the Financial Times, after a decade on the same beat for the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of 2003’s All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster and a two-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award, the top prize in business reporting.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
p. 1
Wargamesp. 3
Hardcore vs. Exep. 27
In Too Deepp. 37
The Turnp. 61
Crackdownp. 83
From Spam To Identity Theftp. 99
p. 119
Whatever It Takesp. 121
The Day of Actionp. 139
The Underground Economyp. 161
Trialp. 181
Beyond Crimep. 195
Fixing What's Fixablep. 225
Epiloguep. 243
Author's Notep. 247
Notesp. 251
Indexp. 267
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