Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet

Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet

Joseph Menn


In 2004, a California desktop whiz named Barrett Lyon exposed the identification of a hacker operating significant attacks on company web pages. with no totally greedy the repercussions, he set on an research that led him into the guts of the Russian mob. Cybercrime was once evolving. now not the area of small-time thieves, it have been came across through subtle gangs. They all started by means of attacking company web pages yet more and more stole monetary info from shoppers and protection secrets and techniques from governments.

whereas Barrett investigated the leading edge of expertise crime, the U.S. executive struggled to trap up. Britain, although, used to be a distinct tale. within the past due Nineties, the Queen herself had declared secure e-commerce a countrywide defense precedence. brokers from the London-based nationwide Hi-Tech Crime Unit sought out Barrett and enlisted his support. in addition they despatched detective Andrew Crocker, a Welsh former boxer, to Russia to trace down and prosecute the hackers—and to determine who they labored for.

Fatal procedure blunders penetrates either the Russian cyber-mob and the yank mafia because the struggle over the Internet’s great spoils. It takes readers into the murky hacker underground, touring the globe from San Francisco to Costa Rica, London, and Russia. utilizing unparalleled entry to mob companies and Russian officers, it exhibits how best criminals earned defense from the Russian government—and how Barrett Lyon and Andrew Crocker acquired towards the titans of the underground financial system than any prior outsider. jointly, their tales clarify why cybercrime is far worse than you thought—and why the web will possibly not survive.

 

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