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DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia Paperback – October 2, 2012
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“[An] engaging tale of cops and robbers in cyberspace.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“An eminently readable, witty narrative that sustains suspense until the very last pages.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Misha Glenny tells us that cyber crime is right here and has been for years—hiding in plain sight. . . . Required reading.” —The New Yorker
“A truly remarkable story. . . . Magnificent.” —Financial Times
“This extraordinarily powerful book demonstrates how utterly we lack the shared supranational tools needed to fight cybercrime.” —Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah
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Since all of the greatest hits in human activity increasingly manifest themselves as sitting at a keyboard or thumbing through a phone, it only makes sense that crime would follow suit. As a criminal odyssey full of fascinating deviance and ill fated adventure, this book is indigestible. What is actually interesting and important here are the widening loopholes in the banking system and the ease with which they can be exploited by any computer literate person with the will to do so. Glenny explains very clearly how banking and insurance businesses factor in the cost of fraud and pass it on to customers, and also why solving these crimes is often next to impossible.
And yet, by Glenny's description, most of the individual actors in this saga seemed largely unaware of how much power they actually had. Most seemed to have little to do with the money that their carding scams netted, and were much more concerned with the hyper-fluid hierarchy within their online subculture. There was seldom any real mission, only method.Read more ›
The story runs along with good reportage details - quick leaps from one criminal to the other, short background bits where relevant of the people and the millieu they function within, legal and politico-economic hurdles in dealing with them - it is not however a history of cyber crime.
Although I did devour the volume in about 4-5 sittings, I at times felt less than thrilled. This may be because the subject matter at times lends itself to drama - Stuxnet, Russian Criminal Societies, and cyber warfare, but it is hard to get excited about most of the cyber criminals.
There is little technical detail in this book as befits a book such as this, but conceptually Glenny does describe well botnets, trojans, dumps and the various architecture of cybercrime and how, especially in the case of Russia, the state gives more or less carte blanche approval of their enterprises, as long as they continue to fleece markets outside of Russia. They would not be able to survive for a day if they turned on people inside Russia.
A dark and frightening space and perhaps a good jumping off point for a more serious study of cybercrime in the future.
I look forward to Glenny getting back into the historical mode.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is really cool the stories make you understand the cyber worldPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although Misha Glenny is a very good journalist and he does get the picture. This book felt as if the writer was in a hurry to 'write a book', and not cover the whole topic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rickey
Over the years, the internet has transformed from a luxury to necessity. It is fast becoming a fundamental human right. In Finland, it already is. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nona
Read it on my summer holidays last year. Easy to read and very eye opening. I preferred McMafia but its still a good book. Amazing what goes. Cant wait for the next one.Published 23 months ago by Cairbre O'Domhnaill
I found the book riveting. Not only does it reveal the under world of cyber crime, but does it in dramatic fashion. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Martin Manjak
This book is disappointing in the sense that it is a follow up to the original Dark Market and appears to be a reprint of that book, with merely a new prologue to link the new... Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Ivor R. B. Hibbitt