Worm: The First Digital World War
From the author of Black Hawk Down comes the story of the battle between those determined to exploit the internet and those committed to protect it—the ongoing war taking place literally beneath our fingertips.The Conficker worm infected its first computer in November 2008 and within a month had... show more
From the author of Black Hawk Down comes the story of the battle between those determined to exploit the internet and those committed to protect it—the ongoing war taking place literally beneath our fingertips.The Conficker worm infected its first computer in November 2008 and within a month had infiltrated 1.5 million computers in 195 countries. Banks, telecommunications companies, and critical government networks (including the British Parliament and the French and German military) were infected. No one had ever seen anything like it. By January 2009 the worm lay hidden in at least eight million computers and the botnet of linked computers that it had created was big enough that an attack might crash the world. This is the gripping tale of the group of hackers, researches, millionaire Internet entrepreneurs, and computer security experts who united to defend the Internet from the Conficker worm: the story of the first digital world war.
Publish date: September 27th 2011
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, Computer Science
Who could have imagined that the entire Internet almost went poof and no one really knew or cared about it? But it did, and the fact remains that it could still happen today, or tomorrow, or in 100 years from now. This book details the effort to stop and contain the biggest and most potentially de...
**********THIS IS A GOODREADS.COM CONTEST WIN!!!!!***********This was an interesting book. I learned a lot about a computer that I did not know. I do not know how much of the information that the author use was real/accurate. But it was still an interesting real. Some of the terms/jargon used ma...
A readable/reasonably entertaining overview of the "Cabal," a group which coalesced in response to the Conficker worm & botnet threat. Bowden organizes history and the sometimes jargon-addled world of digital history clearly. I knew just a little of this, and so--like other great longform journali...