The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime--from Global Epidemic to your Front DooreBook - 2014
Through the story of the two largest pharmacy spam operations, a look at the global drug-spam epidemic combines cutting-edge research with interviews to present an account of the spam empire and its threat to consumers everywhere.
Krebs presents readers with a wide-ranging investigation of the origins, history, and effects of cyber crime. The author has organized the main body of his text in twelve chapters devoted to understanding cyber crime, the history of cyber crime, the mafia connection to international cyber crime, how the individual computer and Internet user can protect themselves, their information, and their identity from cyber criminals, and a wide variety of other related subjects. Brian Krebs is a journalist and the founder of the cyber security blog KrebsOnSecurity.com. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Through the story of the world's two largest pharmacy spam operations, a first insider look at the global drug-spam epidemic combines cutting-edge research with firsthand interviews to present a gripping account of the spam empire and its threat to consumers everywhere. 25,000 first printing.
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There is a Threat Lurking Online with the Power to Destroy Your Finances, Steal Your Personal Data, and Endanger Your Life.
In Spam Nation, investigative journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs unmasks the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies-and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks-he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere.
Blending cutting-edge research, investigative reporting, and firsthand interviews, this terrifying true story reveals how we unwittingly invite these digital thieves into our lives every day. From unassuming computer programmers right next door to digital mobsters like "Cosma"-who unleashed a massive malware attack that has stolen thousands of Americans' logins and passwords-Krebs uncovers the shocking lengths to which these people will go to profit from our data and our wallets.
Not only are hundreds of thousands of Americans exposing themselves to fraud and dangerously toxic products from rogue online pharmacies, but even those who never open junk messages are at risk. As Krebs notes, spammers can-and do-hack into accounts through these emails, harvest personal information like usernames and passwords, and sell them on the digital black market. The fallout from this global epidemic doesn't just cost consumers and companies billions, it costs lives too.
Fast-paced and utterly gripping, Spam Nation ultimately proposes concrete solutions for protecting ourselves online and stemming this tidal wave of cybercrime-before it's too late.
"Krebs's talent for exposing the weaknesses in online security has earned him respect in the IT business and loathing among cybercriminals... His track record of scoops...has helped him become the rare blogger who supports himself on the strength of his reputation for hard-nosed reporting." -Bloomberg Businessweek