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Worm: The First Digital World War | [Mark Bowden]

Worm: The First Digital World War

Worm: The First Digital World War tells the story of the Conficker worm, a potentially devastating piece of malware that has baffled experts and infected more than twelve million computers worldwide. When Conficker was unleashed in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, it grew at an astonishingly rapid rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks.
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Worm: The First Digital World War tells the story of the Conficker worm, a potentially devastating piece of malware that has baffled experts and infected more than twelve million computers worldwide. When Conficker was unleashed in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, it grew at an astonishingly rapid rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks. Once the worm infiltrated one system it was able to link it with others to form a single network under illicit outside control known as a “botnet.” This botnet was soon capable of overpowering any of the vital computer networks that control banking, telephones, energy flow, air traffic, health-care information — even the Internet itself. Was it a platform for criminal profit or a weapon controlled by a foreign power or dissident organization?

Surprisingly, the U.S. government was only vaguely aware of the threat that Conficker posed, and the task of mounting resistance to the worm fell to a disparate but gifted group of geeks, Internet entrepreneurs, and computer programmers. But when Conficker’s controllers became aware that their creation was encountering resistance, they began refining the worm’s code to make it more difficult to trace and more powerful, testing the Cabal lock’s unity and resolve. Will the Cabal lock down the worm before it is too late? Game on.

©2011 Mark Bowden (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Robert PIttsburgh, PA, United States 08-06-12
    Robert PIttsburgh, PA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone I knew that both was enthralled by Internet and computer security enough to grasp some of the higher level computer jargon that is used. While the author does a great job of breaking the oat complex down into very simply terms it would seem somewhat confusing to someone who knows nothing of both the computer and how virus's work.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was dramatic and engaging. Even though it happened in the past so I Know for a fact that the world survived, I found myself biting my fingernails at the possible outcome and understanding just how those involved at the time must have felt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Doyle 07-27-12
    David Doyle 07-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Step by step development of Conficker"
    Where does Worm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good book. Not great but still glade I listened to it. If you are interested in worms and other internet malware, well worth the listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Worm?

    In general the step by step / day by day development of the Conficker wrom.


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    David Blaine, MN, United States 07-25-12
    David Blaine, MN, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2001
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    Where does Worm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up in the top ten.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The back ground information on how computer networks work, Was of interest and how little even people in the know, don't know.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    I sometimes found it very hard to stop as I wanted to hear more, but I needed to think about what I had just heard.


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    David 11-22-11
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    "Not what it was advertised to be"

    It started off good, and went down hill from there.
    If you like a lecture on the terms and history of the internet great. It was like listening to someone read a dictionary of computer terms.

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    Ann Abbotsford, BC, Canada 11-18-11
    Ann Abbotsford, BC, Canada 11-18-11 Member Since 2002
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    "THIS IS ONE FANTASTIC BOOK!"

    I thought this might be too technical for me but I love messing around with my computer so took the plunge. It's the best unsolved "whodunnit" ever. I could NOT put the book down. Talk about gripping your seat and holding your breath...and to think that 'thing' is still out there ready to pounce.

    The story is great, and the narration is perfect. I even chuckled from time to time. This will appeal to people at all levels of technical expertise and all age groups. I am 75 years old and loved it.

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    annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 11-18-11
    annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 11-18-11 Member Since 2002

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    "THIS IS ONE FANTASTIC BOOK!"

    I thought this might be too technical for me but I love messing around with my computer so took the plunge. It's the best unsolved "whodunnit" ever. I could NOT put the book down. Talk about gripping your seat and holding your breath...and to think that 'thing' is still out there ready to pounce.

    The story is great, and the narration is perfect. I even chuckled from time to time. This will appeal to people at all levels of technical expertise and all age groups. I am 75 years old and loved it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 12-13-13
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    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    Worm is the story of the evolution of Worms and Viruses from glory seeking pranks to world threatening weapons of mass destruction and the white hats that have fought the good fight to keep them at bay. The white hats struggle to help the government entities to walk up to the threat and understand how real the total devastation could be. The story is not a happy story with a nice wrapped up ending since the confiker worm was never squashed and the ominous realization for the reader was that we will never know how this story will end until it could be to late.

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    George 12-05-13
    George 12-05-13
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    While this book was educational, it was very boooorrrinnnng. The author believed that he should explain the workings of a computer in order to describe the cornficker infection. After hearing about mano v mano and the foibles of various players, I decided that he had an axe to grind and set the "listen" to fast forward. I've read Bowden books in the past, but this one was baaaaad.

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    J. C. Thailand 11-23-13
    J. C. Thailand 11-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.

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    "Excellent audio book"

    I liked this book. Just listening to it I was like "really?" And "I can't believe it!" All through the book. I would never guess this cyber war was going on. Yes I had heard of the conficker worm, but never knew the behind the scenes war between the bot master and the cabal. It is amazing. I loved the book and the narration is excellent. I feel like my world view has changed.

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    Will Grasse Canton, GA 05-19-13
    Will Grasse Canton, GA 05-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to Worm again? Why?

    I would because there was much to absorb in the first hearing.


    Would you recommend Worm to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would to those I believe would be able to comprehend the technical aspect.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to this was much easier because of its flow. To read this, you may have to re-read sentences over due to its technical content.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It was interesting, but not in an emotional way.


    Any additional comments?

    Those interested in the technical aspect of the computer virus or worm will find this interesting. It describes the technical minds behind the fight against cyber-terrorism.

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