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Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Union Square Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140275695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402756955
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is "on the nose".
G. Dennis
I read the book Zero Day Threat (ZDT) by Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz.
Somesh Jha
The book is interesting, informative and full of good advice.
J. L. Abdul

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alan Paller on April 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Technology managers can face a big challenge trying to get senior
management to understand that effective security is well worth the
investment. Real-world stories make their job easier. This
extraordinarily well-written book contains the richest set of stories
about real cyber attacks ever assembled.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lyman Cox on June 9, 2008
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Excellent book re: the international scope of identity theft. From thief to enabler, the authors follow the chain of criminals from start to finish. You'll never feel as secure as you did before you read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on August 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Zero Day Threat: the Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity is an interesting and eye-opening look at how banks and credit card companies make ID theft and fraud rather elementary. But with all that, this book must be read in the larger context of how today's society deals with, and is often oblivious to risk. When is comes to risk, American society tolerates tens of thousands of drunk-driving deaths, gives millions in federal tobacco subsidies, and is oblivious about near-epidemics such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. With all that, it is doubtful that the myriad horror stories Zero Day Threat details will persuade Congress or the other players to do anything to curtail the problem with identity theft and internet fraud.

The internet and web have indeed revolutionized society, and there is hardly an industry that has not been positively affected by the net. On the down side, the net is the new conduit for criminals. For example, in the few years before the web became ubiquitous, U.S. and international law enforcement nearly had a noose around the child pornography industry and brought it to a near standstill. After the web, authorities have given up hope that child pornography can ever be contained.

Similarly, white-collar crime and fraud has been exacerbated by the net. Zero Day Threat details the various loopholes that criminals use to carry out their attacks and crimes.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stu Sjouwerman on April 16, 2008
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A must-read for anyone interested in keeping their credit record clean. The objective journalism in Zero Day Threat reveals the shoddy state of IT security and how the Internet underworld benefits by robbing people blind, safely and remotely.

Stu Sjouwerman, Founder, Sunbelt Software
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Abdul on June 4, 2008
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I highly recommend Zero Day Threat by Pulitzer Prize winner Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz. This is a must read for anyone who currently uses or contemplates using the internet. Ignoring the information in this exceptional book is like journeying to a foreign land without speaking the language or carrying a GPS. The risk may be as great as walking down a dark alley with all your earthly goods exposed to any predators waiting for an easy target. The book is interesting, informative and full of good advice. Not only will you understand why the internet has become a huge risk - you will learn how the organizations that you thought would protect you actually put you at risk! The book is loaded with practical recommendations that you can put into use right now that will help you practice safe computing and guard your identity and credit. Don't close the barn door after the crooks have escaped with your horse. Read this book now and avoid spending hundreds of hours, frustration and your money to fix a problem you could avoid. Better safe than sorry - and this is just the insurance you need.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marcus H. Sachs on April 15, 2008
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The Internet has created a "perfect storm" scenario for criminals: no taxes and no tax evasion, value in everything online, anonymous access to vast resources, criminal tools that look and act like lawful tools, no national or political boundaries, limited cyber laws and virtually no law enforcement, numerous opportunities for money laundering, global interconnectivity, and millions of clueless victims. Add to that mix the lax attitude of the financial sector and the storm becomes deadly. Society no longer owns the Internet, it belongs to the criminals described in the Zero Day Threat.

* Marcus Sachs, Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SC. on August 15, 2008
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This book is an excellent quick read, with stories and information that will draw you in until you finish the book, and then scare the pants off you to the point that you never want to make another online purchase again.

The authors break each chapter up into three unique pieces which cover the topic for that chapter from three different angles. Being in the IT security field I am always interested to here compelling true stores on security breaches and security incidents. These stories were by no means a letdown to those interests. I was completely astonished to find how integrated the identity theft trade was with methamphetamine use and abuse. In addition, the book also does an excellent job of detailing out how banks and credit reporting agencies do and/or don't work with you if your identity does happen to become stolen.

I would highly recommend this book to every information security professional; online shopper; individual interested in the roots of phishing, computer viruses, and identity theft; and anyone responsible for the well being of a business, organization and/or its employees.
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