Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys revealed how high-frequency trading has created a ruthless breed of traders capable of winning whichever way the market turns. In Rogue Code, Mark Russinovich takes it one step further to show how their grip on high finance makes the stock market vulnerable to hackers who could bring about worldwide financial collapse.
Cyber security expert Jeff Aiken knows that no computer system is completely secure. When he’s called to investigate a possible breach at the New York Stock Exchange, he discovers not only that their system has been infiltrated but that someone on the inside knows. Yet for some reason, they have allowed the hackers to steal millions of dollars from accounts without trying to stop the theft.
When Jeff uncovers the crime, the NYSE suddenly turns on him. Accused of grand larceny, he must find and expose the criminals behind the theft, not just to prove his innocence but to stop a multibillion-dollar heist that could upend the U.S. economy. Unwilling to heed Jeff’s warnings, the NYSE plans to continue with a major IPO using a new, untested system, one that might be susceptible both to hackers and to ruthless high-frequency traders willing to take any risk to turn a profit.
Now Jeff Aiken must unearth the truth on his own, following the thread to the back alleys of Rio de Janeiro to take on one of the world’s most ruthless cartels.
Praised for his combination of real-world technology and quick-paced action, with Rogue Code Mark Russinovich delivers an intense thriller about a cyber threat that seems all too possible - and the Wall Street traders who might allow it to happen.
Includes a foreword by Haim Bodek, author of The Problem of HFT: Collected Writings on High Frequency Trading & Stock Market Structure Reform.
©2014 Mark Russinovich (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
I haven't read the print version, but I must say that the Portuguese words pronunciation in this book could (should) have been a lot better. I am Brazilian and I had a really hard time understanding most of the portuguese from the audiobook. But on the other hand, this is the ONLY complain I have on this audiobook.
As usual, all his books are very realistic, not only from a technical stand point, but also in many aspects portrait in the story (economics, politics, etc). Beware, you could become paranoid about your computer and devices security after reading any histories with Jeff Aiken ;)
Excellent book. I couldn't stop listening. Finished the book in only 2 sittings. Only complain is that the portuguese pronunciation is wrong almost every time (I am from Brazil, where part of the history happens).
its the same and the relation ship between the main characters happens every time.
it seems the same as his other books.
may be he makes the books all fell the same.
the feeling of Ehhhh.
I did not read the print version, but the audio edition was excellent. I love the story line, the first two books were also excellent. I love the way each chapter moves you to a different place, time, event. The open was perfect.
The interaction between the characters, how Mark brought them into the story. I could see the story unfold in my mind. I beg Mark to continue these characters in may more books. The wait for Rouge Code was hard, but now I can't wait for another. On part with Tom Clancy.
The firefight in Brazil, though I also really enjoyed the way Daryl killed her attacker, and returned to the Stock exchange only to have to confront the other villian.
That Jeff and Daryl come to understand that they are right for each other, and how much they need and love each other.
More, More, More. Please more of Jeff and Daryl, great stories, extremely well written, the tech is right, but not overwelming, very realistic.
Say something about Yusef. Uh...he was a great horn player?
and a bit trite. And it is not the embedded quasi-technical information that makes it so -I am reasonably familiar with information system security. The plot just doesn't seem to have weight or momentum -the characters are not there. Couldn't finish it. The saving grace for me was learning High Frequency Trading. It is horrifying prevalent and - still accounts for 50% or more of all trades and seems to add fragility to the markets. I can't articulate why taking profits (only a billion or so a year) from algorithm driven almost instant trades seems so wrong to me so I guess I'll go off and read Michael Lewis. Johnny Heller seemed wrong for the part.
A lot of technical details you just don't get in many fiction (Is it really fiction???). Amazing what is going on that impacts so many and controlled by so few.
Narrator just doesn't have it for voice change. It made it hard to follow when multiple characters were involved.
Makes you reevaluate some of the systems we take for granted and assume to be error proof.
I've listed to all his books and this one is fares the same. I like that he doesn't use the same formula.
It's tough to write an IT thriller that both IT folks and general public can thoroughly embrace. The result is snippets throughout the book that explain mundane facts that IT folks know about and the repetition/reminders of other events like the BATS IPO make this a little tiresome to finish. Mark should try harder to get his books in the same echelon as Daniel Suarez's IT thriller Daemon.
"Excellent, highly recommend"
Very gripping and fast storyline. Mark Russinovich's each book is better than the last one. His story is always very plausible and the tech angle is always very real. A very joyful read.
Excellent narration and great voice
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