Spies Among Us

Spies Among Us : How to Stop the Spies, Terrorists, Hackers, and CriminalsYou Don't Even KnowYou Encounter Every Day

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Ira Winkler has been dubbed "A Modern Day James Bond" by CNN and other media outlets for his ability to simulate espionage attacks against many of the top companies in the world, showing how billions of dollars can disappear. This unique book is packed with the riveting, true stories and case studies of how he did it-and how people and companies can avoid falling victim to the spies among us. American corporations now lose as much as $300 billion a year to hacking, cracking, physical security breaches, and other criminal activity. Millions of people a year have their identities stolen or fall victim to other scams. In Spies Among Us, Ira Winkler reveals his security secrets, disclosing how companies and individuals can protect themselves from even the most diabolical criminals. He goes into the mindset of everyone from small-time hackers to foreign intelligence agencies to disclose cost-effective countermeasures for all types of attacks.
In Spies Among Us, readers learn: Why James Bond and Sydney Bristow are terrible spies How a team was able to infiltrate an airport in a post-9/11 world and plant a bomb How Ira and his team were able to steal nuclear reactor designs in three hours The real risks that individuals face from the spies that they unknowingly meet on a daily basis Recommendations for how companies and individuals can secure themselves against the spies, criminals, and terrorists who regularly cross their path
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Product details

  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 161 x 269 x 28mm | 708g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0764584685
  • 9780764584688
  • 316,604

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They truly ARE everywhere. But if you're looking for James Bond or Sydney Bristow, you're going to be disappointed. The real spies are so much more effective.

They convinced your neighbor to -confirm- his PayPal account information at a bogus Web site where they acquired everything they needed to heist his identity. They stole millions of calling card numbers by installing transmitters into telephones in Grand Central Station. They've boosted plans and diagrams for top-secret equipment to sell to the highest bidder. And they've charged billions to credit cards belonging to ordinary, decent citizens--maybe even you.

The real spies exploit every weakness in our personal and corporate worlds--operational, physical, technical, and human. They may be the pizza delivery guy, the new receptionist, or maybe even one of the tech support team. But one thing is sure--they're all around us.

Here's how to fight back.
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-Spies Among Us reads like a Robert Ludlum novel, [and] it's riveting because it's all true. If you've got a social security number, you need to read this book whether you're a CEO or a grandmother. Winkler reveals the top threats to our personal and national security, with lots of straightforward advice on how to protect yourself.-
--Soledad O'Brien, CNN

Relax--it's not terrorism. But does that mean it's okay?

Has our national obsession with terrorism created a cloak of safety for the everyday criminal? In this chilling expose of real-life spy tactics and how to combat them, international espionage and security expert Ira Winkler shows you exactly how the harmless-looking new guy at the office may be doing your organization--or your credit rating--infinitely more damage than that machine gun-toting fellow on the evening news.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments. About the Author. Introduction. PART I: ESPIONAGE CONCEPTS. 1. How to Be a Spy. 2. Why You Can Never Be Secure. 3. Death by 1,000 Cuts. 4. Spies and Their Friends. 5. How the Spies Really Get You. PART II: CASE STUDIES. 6. Spy vs. Spy. 7. Nuclear Meltdown. 8. Fill'er Up! 9. The Entrepreneur. 10. The Criminal Face of the Internet Age. 11. Crimes Against Individuals. PART III: STOPPING THE SPIES. 12. Taking Control. 13. Taking Action.Index.
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",,,this is a thorough, at times absorbing, cautionary tale for any company or person who subscribes to the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared." ( Publishers Weekly , March 21, 2005)
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",,,this is a thorough, at times absorbing, cautionary tale for any company or person who subscribes to the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared." (Publishers Weekly, March 21, 2005)
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About Ira Winkler

Ira Winkler, dubbed a modern-day James Bond, began his career with the super-secret National Security Agency as an undercover security analyst. Since then he has assisted various agencies of the United States and other governments, as well as major corporations, in their battle against the technological underworld. Relentless in his dedication to sealing security breaches, he has "stolen" billions of dollars from huge corporations, lifted nuclear reactor designs in less than four hours, and hacked into multinational networks. In a single day, he siphoned off a billion dollars' worth of information from a leading corporation, exposing a potentially disastrous security gap. Along with espionage simulations and penetration testing, he also investigates cybercrime. Visit his Web site at www.irawinkler.com
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2 6% (4)
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