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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User Review  - mamzel - LibraryThing

Conficker was a malicious worm that was slowly working itself into millions of unknowing computers. A Cabal was formed of savvy computer guys to try and stop it from further advance, clean up where it ... Read full review

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**********THIS IS A GOODREADS.COM CONTEST WIN!!!!!*********** This was an interesting book. I learned a lot about a computer that I did not know. I do not know how much of the information that the ... Read full review


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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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