Worm: The First Digital World War

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Sep 27, 2011 - Political Science - 288 pages
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From the author of Black Hawk Down comes the story of the battle between those determined to exploit the internet and those committed to protect it—the ongoing war taking place literally beneath our fingertips.

The Conficker worm infected its first computer in November 2008 and within a month had infiltrated 1.5 million computers in 195 countries. Banks, telecommunications companies, and critical government networks (including the British Parliament and the French and German military) were infected. No one had ever seen anything like it. By January 2009 the worm lay hidden in at least eight million computers and the botnet of linked computers that it had created was big enough that an attack might crash the world. This is the gripping tale of the group of hackers, researches, millionaire Internet entrepreneurs, and computer security experts who united to defend the Internet from the Conficker worm: the story of the first digital world war.
 

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A fascinating take of cat and mouse in the digital age. I have no idea how much of the book is based on truth, but I can't fault it for technical errors. Once I picked up the book, it was very hard to keep it down... and while I was slightly upset at the abrupt end, I do understand that its based on true events. I learnt a lot about how unprepared we were about the next worm... I hope we are better prepared next time. 

Contents

Zero
1
MS08067 27
47
An Ocean of Suckers
65
The XMen
89
Digital Detectives
101
A Note from the Trenches
121
Another Huge Win
137
Mr Joffe Goes to Washington
161
Cybarmageddon
189
April Fools
213
Sources
235
Notes
237
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Mark Bowden is the author of seven books, including Black Hawk Down and Guests of the Ayatollah. He reported at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and is a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly.

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