Worm

Worm : The First Digital World War

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Journalist Mark Bowden delivers a look at the ongoing and largely unreported war taking place literally beneath our fingertips. When the Conficker computer worm was unleashed on the world in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Was it a platform for criminal profit, or a weapon? The worm, exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, grew at an astonishing rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks. Once the worm infiltrated one system it was able to link that system with others to form a single network under illicit outside control, a situation known as a "botnet," soon capable of overpowering any of the vital computer networks that today control banking, telephone service, energy flow, air traffic, health-care information, even the Internet itself. This book reports on the battle between those determined to exploit the Internet and those committed to protect it.--From publisher description.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 245 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0802119832
  • 9780802119834
  • 654,784

About Mark Bowden

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.
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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"" "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" What the Experts are Saying about the Conficker Worm: "If you're looking for a digital Pearl Harbor, we now have the Japanese ships steering toward us on the horizon."--Rick Wesson, Support Intelligence, CEO "This thing has proven . . . that it is rock-solid, and that the good guys, and the anti-virus guys and the Microsoft guys can't do sh*t. It is the Holy Grail of a botnet."--Rodney Joffe, Neustar, Security Chief "These [security] problems have been here so long that the only way I've been able to function at all is by learning to ignore them. Or else I would be in a constant state of panic, unable to think or act constructively. We have been one command away from catastrophe for a long time now."--Paul Vixie, Board of Trustees of the American Registry for Internet Numbers "It's . . . clear that we're not as prepared as we should be, as a government or as a country. . . . Just as we failed in the past to invest in our physical infrastructure--our roads, s
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