Worm: The First Digital World War

Worm: The First Digital World War


By (author) Mark Bowden

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  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Format: Paperback | 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 20mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 16 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802145949
  • ISBN 13: 9780802145949
  • Sales rank: 619,750

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Using the history of the Conficker computer worm as a centerpiece, the author discusses the war raging over the Internet between those who want to exploit it and those who aim to protect it.

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"["Worm"] is well-written and informative, capturing a key episode in a fast-moving field we all need to better understand."--"The Washington Post" "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" "Worm is a solid although disquieting read for anyone with a stake in the Internet's continued smooth functioning--and these days, isn't that just about all of us?"--"Pop Matters" "In the world of nonfiction, Bowden is an ace, a writer with guts and gusto. . . ["Worm"] does a terrific job of setting the groundwork, turning the highly technical into something comprehensible."--"The Seattle Times" "Worm details a digital-age battle between good and evil . . . It is a harbinger of the future, where threats to the cyber domain are as real and potentially cataclysmic as a weapon of mass destruction."--"Military Review" "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" "[T]his book chronicles a larger threat and should be on the shelves not just of computer collections, but any general lending library."--