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DarkMarket: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You [Hardcover]

Misha Glenny
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15 Sep 2011

* The benefits of living in a digital, globalised society are enormous; so too are the dangers.

* The world has become a law enforcer's nightmare and every criminal's dream. We bank online, shop online, date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world? Have we become complacent about our personal security - sharing our thoughts, beliefs and the details of our daily lives with anyone who cares to relieve us of them?

* In this fascinating and compelling book, Misha Glenny, author of the international bestseller McMafia, explores the three fundamental threats facing us in the 21st century: cyber crime, cyber warfare and cyber industrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars each year, fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible, often super-smart new breed of criminal: the hacker.

* Glenny has travelled and trawled the world. And by exploring the rise and fall of the criminal website, DarkMarket, he has uncovered the most vivid, alarming and illuminating stories. Whether JiLsi or Matrix, Iceman, Master Splynter or Lord Cyric; whether Detective Sergeant Chris Dawson in Scunthorpe or Agent Keith Mularski in Pittsburgh, Glenny has tracked down and interviewed all the players - the criminals, the geeks, the police, the security experts and the victims - and he places everyone and everything in a rich brew of politics, economics and history.

* The result is simply unputdownable. DarkMarket is authoritative and completely engrossing. It's a must-read for everyone who uses a computer: the essential crime book for our times.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; 1st Edition edition (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847921264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847921260
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DarkMarket tells you things you will have difficulty believing. This extraordinarily powerful book explores the shadowy world of modern crime, how it knows no borders and how impossible it is to combat. essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the world we live in (Roberto Saviano, Author Of Gomorrah)

In DarkMarket, Misha Glenny does a superlative job of putting faces to the criminals and cops... This is a game of cat and mouse, subterfuge and sting, a protracted battle between cyberthieves and cybercops, and Glenny masterfully weaves the tale together (Davin O'Dwyer Irish Times)

Be scared. Be very scared... Glenny's journey through the undergrowth of cybercrime is a dark read... Glenny presents a host of extraordinary characters as he tells the story of the past 20 years of online crime... This is a gripping tale, brilliantly researched (John Kampfner Sunday Times)

Glenny is skilful at taking a world that might seem impenetrable and esoteric and making it human... Very readable... Glenny has had impressive access to the shadiest sides of the internet... The story Glenny tells is fascinating (Matt Warman Sunday Telegraph)

Misha Glenny...tackles the rise and fall of DarkMarket and its key players with gusto... Glenny knows how to make this baffling world of DDos attacks, botnets and bulletproof hosting into compulsive, thriller-paced reading (Metro)

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THE crime book of our times, from the author of the bestselling McMafia

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5.0 out of 5 stars ...But definitely the better of the two! 16 Sep 2011
I can't say how strongly I disagree with the first reviewer!
I,too,have read both books and there is actually very little crossover between them. Poulson's book is basically a story that takes place on the west coast of America, whereas Glenny ranges from there to Turkey via Ukraine,Britain,Germany and elsewhere.
I do agree on one thing, that for those interested in the technology, Poulsen's is a more detailed book (albeit a little too detailed for me). But for those who want to know how cybercrime actually relates to ordinary peoples' lives and about the psychology of hackers and criminals on the web , I would say Dark Market wins out for sure.
As regards the specific case of DarkMarket ,which I followed in 'Wired' magazine, both bring what looks to me like real inside knowledge but much of Glenny's stuff has never really been written about before (at least I've never come across it before)- for example about how international law enforcement agencies do or don't co-operate, plus I found the stuff about Germany and Turkey really eye-opening.
But most of all, I couldn't put it down- I read it in two sessions because I couldn't help myself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A page turner with very little substance. 14 Sep 2012
This could have been a very good book, unfortunately, it never meets those expectations.

I think the most frustrating aspect of this book is that the author only ever feels one step ahead of the reader in terms of knowledge. There's nothing necessarily wrong with someone approaching a topic they initially know nothing about; on the contrary, when written with wit and intelligence, an author thrown into the deep end of an entirely new world can be incredibly entertaining - Jon Ronson springs to mind - however, this doesn't come anywhere near that standard.

When explaining concepts, it feels like he only vaguely understood the meaning of crackers and hackers a few minutes before putting pen to paper; he seems completely out of his depth. I know it's supposed to be a book about a man, through investigative journalism, discovering and exploring the dark underworld of cybercrime, but it feels like maybe someone who has a lot more background in this field should be writing it.

I know he has written books like this in the past, but his previous experience does not come across; it constantly feels like I'm reading the thoughts of someone who spent 20 minutes on wikipedia finding out the technical aspects of the topic, and then spent the rest of his time interviewing random people on the internet for info - which the author himself admits almost certainly will be largely exaggerated accounts - on the people who carried out these crimes. Much of this personal information I found myself doubting how he came to know as well, as some of it is so minor yet precise I seriously can't imagine anyone recalling it 10-20 years later.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a thriller - and not for techies 5 Jan 2012
By Andrew
I started this book expecting a factual account of credit card fraud unfortunately what I got was a lot of technical inaccuracies, technophobia and unnecessary padding.

This book is clearly meant to be a thriller, 'based on a true story' but closer to a Hollywood film's version of true events than a piece of factual journalism.

Do not get me wrong here, I'm not objecting to the author glossing over technical detail, that I would have no issue with. What this book does is go out of its way to include technical discussion that simply makes no sense. It's pretty clear that the author is cobbling together sentences from interviews with someone who is already trying to dumb down the topic.

As for the treatment of the villains in this story it seems that so much as sitting at a computer makes you a social recluse (the author even goes so far as to imply one suffers from aspergers, after sentences earlier describing what sounds like a normal kid). We even have our old friend 'video games cause violence' popping up now and again.

If you are interested in computers and computer security this is definitely not a book for you.

I've given the book 3 stars, as a thriller it is not terrible; if I liked thrillers and it was about rogue physicists I may well have enjoyed it (as I know nothing about physics). But I did not like the book and I think if you are technically minded you will not like it either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary 29 April 2013
By Mark
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This is a scary story, of what can happen when credit card details and other personal details are stolen. They are put for sale to the highest bidder and can be bought by anyone. The story goes from The Ukraine, US, Germany, Turkey and everywhere in between. how the dark market was infiltrated by cops, hackers turned informants and ultimately was broken up. Well researched and written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Market 25 Feb 2013
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I have read other books by Misha Glenny and, as I expected, this proved to be a very good and informative read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a thriller 9 Oct 2012
Written like a thriller. More scary though as it is true! Well worth a read if you are interested in internet stories and crime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this book 18 Jan 2012
If you are interested to read more about Cyber crime, then do not miss this book. It tells you about how the cyber crime has become global with no frontiers, hence the difficulty to fight it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, not very technical though
Great read, about something I knew nothing about previously which I was kind of surprised about. It's a great insight into the dark side of technology. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andy Hardcastle
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive overview of the emergence of cybercrime and its victims.
I am enjoying reading this book. I really like the way the author focuses on the human side of the story and puts everything into context. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening and well-written thriller
The book gives a very good and entertaining explanation of the worldwide internet fraud. Glenny is a journalist, which makes the book easy and interesting to read, and you also... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by Globo
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyber Thieves, Cyber Cops and You
Compelling, an insider viewpoint, a must read unless you want to continue dreaming of a better world ignoring the reality
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by CornishDeutsch
4.0 out of 5 stars An urgent reminder of the perils of our digital, globalised society
Misha Glenny's journey into the heart of the global cybercrime nexus is an engrossing tale, but a book that pales slightly by comparison to some of his earlier work, notably the... Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Jim
1.0 out of 5 stars Just generally not right
I bought this book on the back of a recommendation, working in the field of penetration testing I thought it would be interesting to read about this very famous story. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by PenTester
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Misha Glenny's book is based on approximately 200 hours of interviews and is a fascinating exposure of "card crime". Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by Eddie-B
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