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This review is from: DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia (Paperback)
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The author spins a good yarn, that's for sure. The book is very readable but, as with many books, the blurb completely misrepresents the technical detail in the book. I suspect that non 'geeks' might learn a lot from the book, though. To be fair to the author he does imply that one should treat the comments of many of those whom he interviewed with some suspicion because the very essence of identity on the Internet is one of fantasy. I did find the book somewhat disjointed. Some 'actors' were mentioned without giving any detail on what befell them after being arrested by law enforcement agencies. It is rather worrying to think that many of the villains consider their crimes of 'carding' as being a minor one. I often wondered how small time crooks from so called impoverished and backward countries managed to get hold of sophisticated machines which mimic ATM based card readers: thanks to the book I now know. Smile, I'm no less neurotic about being tricked by one than I was before, though.