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Hacked Attacked and Abused: Digital Crime Exposed Paperback – 12 Aug 2002

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan page; 1 edition (12 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749438746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749438746
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Inside Flap

We now live, work and play in the digital age.

We live in a world that has changed beyond recognition in the last 10 years: it is almost possible to live your entire life online or through technology. But just like in real life, with this hi-tech existence come risks and a shadowy side. The tremendous advances and opportunities that technology has delivered have also opened up a Pandora’s Box of possibilities for darker deeds. Terrorists, organized criminals, fraudsters and money launderers have all jumped at the opportunities offered them. In the meantime hackers, crackers and virus creators have tried and succeeded in subverting the online environment. Pornography, paedophilia, hate sites, grudge sites, terrorist information – it’s all there in glorious detail on the Internet.

Hacked, Attacked and Abused is an in-depth exposé of this Internet underbelly. Expert author Peter Lilley gives us a compelling account of the risks inherent in our reliance on technology. He provides an overview and evaluation of crime, fraud and risk in the digital age by exploring how we got where we are now, where we are going and what risks we face in the future. Major themes covered include:

-the development of technology and the way it has impacted on our personal and business lives
-forms of attack and the use of technology to facilitate illegal activities
-the Internet and the way it lends itself to abuse so readily
-information warfare -- the use of technology to attack other nations -- and its relevance as a business tool
-the loss of privacy: what sort of information is stored about individuals, how it’s used and when it becomes unethical
-the practical steps users can take to manage and minimize the risks of electronic crime and fraud

Hacked, Attacked and Abused is not an alarmist vision of the digital age but an acknowledgment of the grave risks and dangers that are ever present in this environment. Peter Lilley analyses them all and uses examples to illustrate each threat. Crucially, he also provides practical preventive strategies for dealing with the risks, which every business should adopt.

Hacked, Attacked and Abused is as relevant to business as it is to the individual – we are all customers in the brave new world of the Internet.

From the Back Cover

‘First rule of computer security: don’t buy a computer. Second rule: if you buy one, don’t turn it on.’
Dark Avenger, legendary virus writer

Did you know that:

-in 2001 a gambling Web site was hacked so that in a few hours 140 gamblers won a total of $1.9 million?
-the Love Bug virus cost $8.7 billion globally in lost productivity and clean-up costs?
-numerous corporations have suffered severe reputational and financial consequences due to false information about them being e-mailed to thousands of recipients?
-major Web sites are being rendered inaccessible by denial of service attacks?
-in 1986 there was only one recorded computer virus; now there are over 50,000 and that number is still growing?
-a Texas professor began to receive death threats because someone had ‘stolen’ his e-mail address and sent 20,000 racist messages from it?
-the range of corporate networks that have been hacked into is innumerable – including Microsoft, NASA, the Korean Atomic Research Institute and numerous crucial national networks?
-thousands of innocent individuals have had their identities ‘stolen’ online and used fraudulently?

Hacked, Attacked and Abused provides an eye-opening account of the various risks posed by the digital age, and what can be done to secure both individual and corporate information and privacy. Risks such as:

-organized digital crime
-cyber laundering
-fraudulent Internet Web sites
-hacking and cracking
-Web site defacement
-unauthorized disclosure of confidential information
-the fraudulent aspects of electronic cash
-identity theft
-hardcore and child pornography
-information warfare
-denial of service attacks where systems are inaccessible to legitimate users
-invasion of digital privacy
-government digital monitoring such as Echelon

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Usage of digital technology comes with an attached caveat of being susceptible to digital crime. In Hacked, Attacked & Abused: An expose of digital crime, the author Peter Lilley has suggested that terrorists, fraudsters and money launderers have all jumped on the digital crime bandwagon for their dark deeds joining hackers and authors of computer virus algorithms and programs. While describing how the online environment is being subverted by criminals, I believe the author is spreading understanding and not panic.

This book is marketed as "expert advice on how to make your computer system secure". That is quite a statement to make and different readers may form different sets of opinions. I partially agree with the marketing slogan, given the fact that Lilley is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience behind him and is much sought after to speak/write on the subject.

In the book, he starts by discussing the history of technology parallel to the history of hackers and differentiates between computer related crimes (CRC) and computer assisted crimes (CAC). He then dwells on the prevalent risks we face in the digital age, followed by cyber-security issues.

Digital laundering, ATM fraud, identity theft, loss of privacy and spam are some of the topics under discussion in this book. The narrative is packed with examples; although given the fact that the book was first published in 2002 may make the reader feel that they are a bit dated. Nevertheless, I feel it has a practical and non-alarmist approach to this serious issue.

Chapter 6 titled "Gimme Shelter" is quite good. It offers hints, ideas and suggestions to fight digital crime. Glossary and appendices are also pretty useful.
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