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Worm : the first digital world war

Author: Mark Bowden
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Journalist Mark Bowden delivers a look at the ongoing and largely unreported war taking place literally beneath our fingertips. When the Conficker computer worm was unleashed on the world in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Was it a platform for criminal profit, or a weapon? The worm, exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, grew at an astonishing rate, infecting millions  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Bowden
ISBN: 9780802119834 0802119832 9781611856064 161185606X
OCLC Number: 701810742
Description: x, 245 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Zero --
MS08-067 --
Remote thread injection --
An ocean of suckers --
The X-men --
Digital detectives --
A note from the trenches --
Another huge win --
Mr. Joffe goes to Washington --
Cybarmageddon --
April fools.
Responsibility: Mark Bowden.

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Journalist Mark Bowden delivers a look at the ongoing and largely unreported war taking place literally beneath our fingertips. When the Conficker computer worm was unleashed on the world in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Was it a platform for criminal profit, or a weapon? The worm, exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, grew at an astonishing rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks. Once the worm infiltrated one system it was able to link that system with others to form a single network under illicit outside control, a situation known as a "botnet," soon capable of overpowering any of the vital computer networks that today control banking, telephone service, energy flow, air traffic, health-care information, even the Internet itself. This book reports on the battle between those determined to exploit the Internet and those committed to protect it.--From publisher description.

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Worm" is worth attention. Government officials up to and including President Obama have taken notice of Conficker and begun to address some of the issues it raised. "Bloomberg" When Mark Bowden Read more...

 
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