DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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"Eye-popping... A real life crime thriller" (Mail on Sunday)
"A page-turner... This is a gripping tale, brilliantly researched" (Sunday Times)
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"Glenny is skilful at taking a world that might seem impenetrable and esoteric and making it seem human… The story Glenny tells is fascinating" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Like a thriller…gripping" (Guardian)
The essential crime book of our times, from the author of the bestselling McMafia.
Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2012
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Much of the information comes from interviews with law enforcements officers and the hackers themselves, and this raises a fundamental problem, not unlike the one facing the reader of political memoirs. How much should we believe, when all parties want to show themselves in the best light?Read more ›
This is a book pitched at those who are unfamiliar with this world (like me) and so there's plenty of explanation on how hackers and skimmers operate. I appreciated that but those more experienced in the subject may find it too basic. There's also a certain amount of conjecture on the motivation of the main players, with Glenny having to put together likely psychologies from the information available.
There are a number of parts of the book that are terrifying - from the ease with which people can get your personal information, to the general cluelessness of ordinary people to using the internet and the total lack of coordination and understanding of the subject matter on the part of law enforcement. In fact the blunders made by law enforcement officers are some of the most jaw dropping moments in the book (including German police allowing a teenage hacker to access his computer before being taken away).
All in all, it's a really interesting read that kept me engrossed from beginning to end but the nature of the subject matter means that this isn't a definitive account and (of necessity) there are a lot of unknowns that can't be known. However if you've got a passing interest in underground technology culture and cyber crime, I think it's worth checking out.
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Riveting book anf worrying how far ahead cyber space criminal are ahead of law enforcement agencies and the cost these activities entail for the general public. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr Wong
Very good, even for non-technical audience. Not so comfortable to read cause of the paper used.Published 5 months ago by Ag
Interesting read for a total novice into the topic of cyber-security though really the main topic covered in this book is credit card fraud and related security (failures) by... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written. Good focus on the people and characteristics of those involved in cyber crime.
Very easy to read, brings home the global nature of this crime.
A great entertaining yet frightening account of the criminal side of the internet.Published 22 months ago by Matthew
If you want to know what a dangerous world exists out there in cyber, then this is a good way of finding out. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by Peter