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Spam nation : the inside story of organized cybercrime--from global epidemic to your front door

Author: Brian Krebs
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores "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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Krebs
ISBN: 9781402295614 1402295618 9781492603238 1492603236 9781402295621 1402295626
OCLC Number: 883207087
Description: 251 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Parasite --
Bulletproof --
The pharma wars --
Meet the buyers --
Russian roulette --
Partner(ka)s in (dis)organized crime --
Meet the spammers --
Old friends, bitter enemies --
Meeting in Moscow --
The antis --
Takedown --
Endgame --
Epilogue: A spam-free world : how you can protect yourself from cybercrime.
Other Titles: Inside story of organized cybercrime--from global epidemic to your front door
Responsibility: Brian Krebs.

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Explores "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"--Amazon.com.

"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"--Publisher's description.

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