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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: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Whether you hack the banking industry as a paid pen tester, or to divert funds from ISIL to Red Cross as the expert bank hacking volunteers at hackterror dot com do, you'll be amazed at how little progress has been made in the 6 years since this book, and how relevant the sploits still are. The old joke that companies spend millions to put a vault door on a tent still prevails, with the "12 PCI rules" dealing appropriately much less with cryptanalysis and much more with keeping vendor default passwords, network updates, legacy code and many other vulnerabilities just as relevant today.

I'm not into all the "scare" books about Ebola, plane crashes, food that kills us, bad drugs, etc. as a way to point out that the "government doesn't protect us." So I'm recommending this not as a horror movie for consumers as much as a very accurate account of sploits (for both hackers and defenders) that are still very much active, possible and in vogue. One white hat I know hacks banks all over the planet, and she has her own "fake" bank, is a PO member of PCI, and has her own false developer ID on the major gateways! How is this possible? Easy: no one polices it.

Wonderful read for anyone in the financial security field, as well as fledgling student pen testers/hackers, and not too bad for consumers, as long as you don't mind that "why read about stuff that nothing will be done about..." feeling. Incidentally, there are very few books available on financial security systems-- one expensive but outstanding exception is: Financial Cryptography and Data Security: 17th International Conference, FC 2013, Okinawa, Japan, April 1-5, 2013, Revised Selected Papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Security and Cryptology). Not for consumers, but if you're in the field, or student of same, it's a must.
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