The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door
On Sale: November 24, 2014
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here is a Threat Lurking Online with the Power to Destroy
Your Finances, Steal Your Personal Data, and Endanger Your Life.
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
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.
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