Now a New York Occasions bestseller!
There’s a Menace Lurking On-line with the Energy to Destroy Your Funds, Steal Your Private Knowledge, and Endanger Your Life.
In Spam Nation, investigative journalist and cybersecurity skilled Brian Krebs unmasks the legal masterminds driving a number of the largest spam and hacker operations concentrating on People and their financial institution accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the 2 largest spam pharmacies-and numerous viruses, phishing, and spy ware attacks-he delivers the primary definitive narrative of the worldwide spam downside and its risk to customers in every single place.
Mixing cutting-edge analysis, investigative reporting, and firsthand interviews, this terrifying true story reveals how we unwittingly invite these digital thieves into our lives on daily basis. From unassuming pc programmers proper subsequent door to digital mobsters like “Cosma”-who unleashed a large malware assault that has stolen 1000’s of People’ logins and passwords-Krebs uncovers the surprising lengths to which these folks will go to revenue from our information and our wallets.
Not solely are a whole bunch of 1000’s of People exposing themselves to fraud and dangerously poisonous merchandise from rogue on-line pharmacies, however even those that by no means open junk messages are in danger. As Krebs notes, spammers can-and do-hack into accounts by way of these emails, harvest private data like usernames and passwords, and promote them on the digital black market. The fallout from this international epidemic does not simply value customers and corporations billions, it prices lives too.
Quick-paced and completely gripping, Spam Nation in the end proposes concrete options for safeguarding ourselves on-line and stemming this tidal wave of cybercrime-before it is too late.
“Krebs’s expertise for exposing the weaknesses in on-line safety has earned him respect within the IT enterprise and loathing amongst cybercriminals… His monitor file of scoops…has helped him turn out to be the uncommon blogger who helps himself on the power of his fame for hard-nosed reporting.” -Bloomberg Businessweek