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    DescriptionFrom the author of "Black Hawk Down" comes the story of the battle between those determined to exploit the internet and those committed to protect it--the ongoing war taking place literally beneath our fingertips. The Conficker worm infected its first computer in November 2008 and within a month had infiltrated 1.5 million computers in 195 countries. Banks, telecommunications companies, and critical government networks (including the British Parliament and the French and German military) were infected. No one had ever seen anything like it. By January 2009 the worm lay hidden in at least eight million computers and the botnet of linked computers that it had created was big enough that an attack might crash the world. This is the gripping tale of the group of hackers, researches, millionaire Internet entrepreneurs, and computer security experts who united to defend the Internet from the Conficker worm: the story of the first digital world war.


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    Title
    Worm
    Subtitle
    The First Digital World War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Bowden
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 245
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802119834
    ISBN 10: 0802119832
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: COM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: TBX
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 650
    BIC subject category V2: UB
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: XG
    Libri: I-XG
    BISAC V2.8: POL036000
    B&T Approval Code: A44403060
    BISAC V2.8: COM053000, COM080000
    DC21: 005.84
    DC22: 005.84
    BISAC V2.8: COM015000
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    BIC subject category V2: URJ
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    B&T Approval Code: A93663056
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    LC classification: QA76.76.C68 B69 2011
    Thema V1.0: TBX, UB, URJ
    Publisher
    Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
    Imprint name
    Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
    Publication date
    20 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Mark Bowden is the author of seven books, including "Black Hawk Down," "The Best Game Ever," "Killing Pablo," and "Guests of the Ayatollah." He reported at "The Philadelphia Inquirer" for twenty years and now writes for " Vanity Fair," "The Atlantic," and other magazines. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.
    Review quote
    "Worm" is worth attention. Government officials up to and including President Obama have taken notice of Conficker and begun to address some of the issues it raised."--"Bloomberg" "When Mark Bowden writes, smart readers pay attention. . . . Bowden is a deserved brand name - a superb reporter and compelling narrative writer, whether his subject is war in a forlorn land ("Black Hawk Down", set in Somalia) or a variety of others in seven other books (Killing Pablo", "Guests of the Ayatollah", etc.). And now we have the current masterpiece, "Worm"."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "The author takes readers behind the scenes, showing the security specialists' increasing frenzy, not to mention occasional infighting, as they worked to defeat the worm. Along the way, the author lucidly explains how malware can take over computers as well as how the very openness of the Internet makes it vulnerable to attack."--"Publishers Weekly" "From the author of Black Hawk Down", a different sort of blood-and-thunder heroism narrative, out on the frontiers of cybercrime. . . . A brief, punchy reminder of our high-tech vulnerabilities."--"Kirkus Reviews" "Bowden . . . gives this account of the computer world's efforts to neutralize the Conficker worm the flavor of a riveting report from the digital battlefield's front lines. . . . A nerve-wracking but first-rate inside peek into the world of cybercrime and its vigilant adversaries."--"Booklist" "[T]he thumbs of every 30-something untergeek will still Tweet in ecstasy at seeing technical terms like NCP/IP, Port 445, and MS08-067 spread across the pages of a mainstream book. But the rest of us should take Mark Bowden's warnings with the utmost seriousness because of the growing threats to our wired world."--"New York Journal of Books"