Fatal System Error

Author: Joseph Menn
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 9781458716644
Release Date: 2010-10
Genre: Computer crimes

In this disquieting cyber thriller, Joseph Menn takes readers into the murky hacker underground, traveling the globe from San Francisco to Costa Rica and London to Russia. His guides are California surfer and computer whiz Barrett Lyon and a fearless British high-tech agent. Through these heroes, Menn shows the evolution of cyber-crime from small-time thieving to sophisticated, organized gangs, who began by attacking corporate websites but increasingly steal financial data from consumers and defense secrets from governments. Using unprecedented access to Mob businesses and Russian officials, the book reveals how top criminals earned protection from the Russian government.Fatal System Error penetrates both the Russian cyber-mob and La Cosa Nostra as the two fight over the Internet's massive spoils. The cloak-and-dagger adventure shows why cyber-crime is much worse than you thought-and why the Internet might not survive.

Online Gambling and Crime

Author: James Banks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317085607
Release Date: 2016-05-13
Genre: Social Science

Offering the first empirically driven assessment of the development, marketisation, regulation and use of online gambling organisations and their products, this book explores the relationship between online gambling and crime. It draws upon quantitative and qualitative data, including textual and visual analyses of e-gambling advertising and the records of player-protection and standards organisations, together with a virtual ethnography of online gambling subcultures, to examine the ways in which gambling and crime have been approached in practice by gamers, regulatory agencies and online gambling organisations. Building upon contemporary criminological theory, it develops an understanding of online gambling as an arena in which risks and rewards are carefully constructed and through which players navigate, employing their own agency to engage with the very real possibility of victimisation. With attention to the manner in which online gambling can be a source of criminal activity, not only on the part of players, but also criminal entrepreneurs and legitimate gambling businesses, Online Gambling and Crime discusses developments in criminal law and regulatory frameworks, evaluating past and present policy on online gambling. A rich examination of the prevalence, incidence and experience of a range of criminal activities linked to gambling on the Internet, this book will appeal to scholars and policy makers in the fields of sociology and criminology, law, the study of culture and subculture, risk, health studies and social policy.

Internet Society and Culture

Author: Tim Jordan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781441147875
Release Date: 2013-02-14
Genre: Social Science

The internet has changed the way we communicate and so changed society and culture. Internet, Society, and Culture offers an understanding of this change by examining two case studies of pre and post internet communication. The first case study is of letters sent to and from Australia in 1835-1858 and the second is a study of online gaming. In both case studies, the focus is on the ways communication is created. The result is the definition of two types of communication that are lived simultaneously in the twenty-first century. One type of communication is from before the internet and relies on the body having touched and created a message-for example, by attaching signature-to stabilise the nature of sender, message and receiver. Internet-dependant communication is different because no identity-marker can be trusted on the internet and so individuals' styles of communicating are used to stabilise the transmission of messages. Being after the internet means having to live these two contradictory forms of communication.


Author: Noël Merino
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
ISBN: 9780737774207
Release Date: 2016-01-19
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction

Cybercrime is a very real threat in our Internet-connected society. This anthology provides your readers with a solid base of knowledge on cybercrime and provides resources that help to develop critical thinking skills. The essays in this volume offer a broad array of viewpoints. Students are encouraged to see the validity of divergent opinions, so that they may understand issues inclusively. A question-and-response format prompts readers to examine complex issues from multiple viewpoints. Readers will debate whether cybercrime poses a serious problem for U.S. security, whether cybercrime against individuals is a serious problem, and what should be done to protect internet users from cybercrime.


Author: Angus Morrison
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 9781608447084
Release Date: 2010-10

"A great storyline with compelling characters that capture the essence of the era." -- Joseph Menn, author of Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet. Cyber-Security correspondent for the Financial Times. "Morrison's experience and passion for storytelling paint the pages - launching the reader on a modern journey of human contradiction and adventure." -- Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC "An ensnaring tale with unexpected touches of humor. Morrison nails it." -- Kourosh Karimkhany, TPM Media Bandwidth captures the two dominant threads of the first decade of the 21st century - greed and terrorism. Several years after the dot com funeral pyre, Hayden Campbell - a former CIA operative turned speechwriter - finds himself working for the sixth richest man in the world, Aaron Cannondale. From his perch, Hayden watches as a Dutch student discovers a technology to send voice, video and data through Europe's municipal water systems. Standing in the way are European technocrats, the Russian mafia, a Swiss banker and a new breed of terrorist intent on wreaking havoc on the West. Bandwidth takes us from the stoops of Brooklyn, to Moscow and Zurich, to the bike paths of Amsterdam and the backrooms of Brussels and Frankfurt, to Afghanistan and the hazy diwans of Yemen. Dazzled by his new boss but harboring a soft spot for the Agency, Hayden allows himself to be pulled back in for one more run -- a run that reminds him that people aren't what they seem, a run that reinforces his belief that greed has no sell-by date. Angus Morrison has been a Pulitzer-nominated financial journalist for Bloomberg News, and has written for The International Herald Tribune, The New York Observer and the Globalist. He has been a speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of State and IBM's senior executive suite, and has served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. State Department. He lives with his wife and son in Alexandria, Virginia.

Cult of the Dead Cow

Author: Joseph Menn
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781541762374
Release Date: 2019-06-04
Genre: Computers

The shocking untold story of the elite secret society of hackers fighting to protect our privacy, our freedom -- even democracy itself Cult of the Dead Cow is the tale of the oldest, most respected, and most famous American hacking group of all time. Though until now it has remained mostly anonymous, its members invented the concept of hacktivism, released the top tool for testing password security, and created what was for years the best technique for controlling computers from afar, forcing giant companies to work harder to protect customers. They contributed to the development of Tor, the most important privacy tool on the net, and helped build cyberweapons that advanced US security without injuring anyone. With its origins in the earliest days of the Internet, the cDc is full of oddball characters -- activists, artists, even future politicians. Many of these hackers have become top executives and advisors walking the corridors of power in Washington and Silicon Valley. The most famous is former Texas Congressman and current presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, whose time in the cDc set him up to found a tech business, launch an alternative publication in El Paso, and make long-shot bets on unconventional campaigns. Today, the group and its followers are battling electoral misinformation, making personal data safer, and battling to keep technology a force for good instead of for surveillance and oppression. Cult of the Dead Cow shows how governments, corporations, and criminals came to hold immense power over individuals and how we can fight back against them.

Rooted in Evil

Author: Natalie Joy Andrews
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 9781683481867
Release Date: 2016-07-11
Genre: Fiction

: “I could hear the crackling of the blazing fires and even feel the smoke swirl around my body. The faint odor of blood filled my nostrils until I was overwhelmed by the stench of death.” Moving to a small town and beginning her senior year at a new school proved to be much more than a typical high school nightmare of being the new kid on campus; for Addy, it was a tug-of-war for her soul. Enticed by a mysterious and powerful group of peers, she uncovers unexpected secrets hidden away in the coastal town of Ledo and must face the most important decision of her life, but it may cost her just that…her life.