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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    ciel 07-23-12
    ciel 07-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    this book started out well and held your interest with some interesting facts but somewhere along the way it got bogged down and more technical then i wanted


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    Robert Wilmington, OH, United States 07-23-12
    Robert Wilmington, OH, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    He book give you better understanding of the new world war will begen. Not a lot solution to solve the problems of cyber warfare.

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    07-23-12
    07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "brilliant"
    Would you listen to Worm again? Why?

    Jep, lots of facts make it good for at second time.


    What other book might you compare Worm to and why?

    Anything with Daniel Suarez:) But this book isn't fiction.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The history of the first digital world war.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary San Diego, CA, USA 05-17-12
    Gary San Diego, CA, USA 05-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "They're out there...and they want in."
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    I liked this book on several levels. First it is an interesting subject by a good author. Sesond it is a compelling description of the rapidly escalating cyberwarfare going on behind the screens, and can be understood and enjoyed by just about anyone. Geek credentials not required, but interesting to geeks too. But more than that, the personalities, alliances, strategies, counterstrategies, escalation, and implications reads like a spy novel...but it's true. The book went fast because I kept wanting to find out what was next. These are very clever people. Since it is real, there are more loose ends than a novel, but welcome to real life.

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    Edward Strongsville, OH, United States 01-03-12
    Edward Strongsville, OH, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great beginning, poor finish"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Excellent story, I am using the book in a computer security class. The story went on a little long as it was obvious the conclusion was uncertain.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None, it was about a team.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Stay away from the technology or do a better job explaining it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Edward STRONGSVILLE, OHIO, United States 01-03-12
    Edward STRONGSVILLE, OHIO, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    Excellent story, I am using the book in a computer security class. The story went on a little long as it was obvious the conclusion was uncertain.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None, it was about a team.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Stay away from the technology or do a better job explaining it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Robert Avondale, PA, United States 12-28-11
    Robert Avondale, PA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Bowden can make computer security interesting."
    What made the experience of listening to Worm the most enjoyable?

    Mark brought the history of the internet and computing together in a way the set the stage for the future of this technology. Both Good and Bad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Worm?

    I really enjoyed how it is still all about people, and institutions and hardware and choices that were made that had unintended consequences.


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

    Lane told the story in a way that made it fit together. You could tell what was important, what was interesting and what was background.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back


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    Tony PORT ORCHARD, WA, United States 12-21-11
    Tony PORT ORCHARD, WA, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A complicated problem expertly explained."
    What did you love best about Worm?

    Very well written, Bowden takes a complicated subject and not only explains it simply, but manages to keep it highly entertaining as well.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The subject could have been dull, but Bowden keeps it moving along without loosing his audience, This despite LOTs of complicated concepts and processes to explain.


    What about Christopher Lane???s performance did you like?

    He is a very competent and engaging orator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, if you are at all interested in the subject, this book won't disappoint.

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    Amazon Customer Canaan, NH, United States 11-22-11
    Amazon Customer Canaan, NH, United States 11-22-11
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    "Interesting book, strong middle, weak ending."

    I found this an good listen and had nicebalance of technical information with character and story depth. Without ruining it, the ending is somewhat a let down. It is very current.

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    Alex SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 11-22-11
    Alex SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Awsome!! If you are in to this sort of thing..."

    Mark Bowden, opened my eyes to a threat that exist right under our nose. He tells a story of what makes America great, men, money, and war. The war of the next generation "cyber" war. A great listen!

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