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Publisher's Summary

The benefits of living in a digital, globalised society are enormous; so too are the dangers. The world has become a law enforcer’s nightmare and every criminal’s dream. We bank online, shop online, date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world? Have we become complacent about our personal security – sharing our thoughts, beliefs and the details of our daily lives with anyone who cares to relieve us of them?

In this fascinating and compelling book, Misha Glenny, author of the international best seller McMafia, explores the three fundamental threats facing us in the 21st century: cyber crime, cyber warfare and cyber industrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars each year, fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible, often super-smart new breed of criminal: the hacker.

Glenny has travelled and trawled the world. And by exploring the rise and fall of the criminal website, DarkMarket, he has uncovered the most vivid, alarming and illuminating stories. Whether JiLsi or Matrix, Iceman, Master Splynter or Lord Cyric; whether Detective Sergeant Chris Dawson in Scunthorpe or Agent Keith Mularski in Pittsburgh, Glenny has tracked down and interviewed all the players – the criminals, the geeks, the police, the security experts and the victims – and he places everyone and everything in a rich brew of politics, economics and history. The result is simply unputdownable.

DarkMarket is authoritative and completely engrossing. It’s a must-read for everyone who uses a computer: the essential crime book for our times.

©2011 Misha Glenny (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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Insightful, well-written, and captivating

As a bit of a nerd who is involved in security matters, I was initially skeptical about buying this book. I'm really glad I did as it is extremely well researched, and the story is very captivating. The book also covers cross-continental politics and policing, and will make you think twice before ever handing over your credit card to anyone. The reading is also really great. Really glad I read this.

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  • clifford
  • 03-08-16

interesting and well described

a potentially dry subject well brought to life and maintains a good pace and holds the reader's interest throughout

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  • Rick
  • 10-25-12

Don't be put off by the technical subject matter

I nearly didn't buy this book because it sounded very technical and dull, but Misha Glenny explains all of the technicalities from a lamens perspective giving the reader enough background so that you can understand how the complex systems worked. It will certainly make you think twice when next choosing passwords for logins to websites and pin numbers for your credit cards. Misha's other book on Audible McMafia is excellent as well. Highly recommended.

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  • George
  • 09-26-11

A rollicking account of a giant conspiracy

Glenny is a fine writer and he has a fascinating story to tell about a group of teenagers and geeks who almost accidentally unleashed a global crimewave.

I admit to being disappointed that this is not quite the book I thought it was - the subtitle makes it sound as though it contains a wider discussion of cyber-crime and its importance in the world today whereas this limits itself to a specific aspect of a specific crime. That isn't a criticism of the book - only the subtitle.

I would warn that, if imperfectly rendered accents bother you, you might want to read the book. The Author is not a professional narrator and his renderings of some of his character's voices can grate.

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  • C. Bennell
  • 07-01-18

Like listening to your dad explain "the internet"

Wow this was boring and frustrating. I understand that not everyone is particularly tech savvy but this the first time I have heard CAD software pronounced "see, ay dee software - or computer aided design". It is like that throughout and makes the book feel like you are wading through tar. On top of that there are endless lists of eastern European names which are bought up again and again which I found really hard to keep track of who was who. I gave up in the end

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  • Bird is the Word
  • 10-13-17

Blown away

I loved this book, I can't believe it kept getting better and better as it went on.

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  • Mark
  • 05-10-17

Great listen

Found the whole story fascinating even though I got a little lost at times. Don't let that put you off. If you want a glimpse into what's really going on behind the internet - listen to this for some insight.

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  • Johann Thalakada
  • 01-30-17

A quarter through and loving it

Would you listen to DarkMarket again? Why?

Yes, there are very useful points in this audiobook that I have already gone back to and re-played.

What was one of the most memorable moments of DarkMarket?

So far - when the Met are advised that a homicide officer in Scunthorpe has found detained Freddy Brown!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

So far - the events that take place at Grimley Smith are classic!

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

No, i'm listening to this book more for professional reasons than for person.

Any additional comments?

I find the book to be well narrated notwithstanding that it's being narrated by the author which is very special.

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  • Carl
  • 07-20-15

Eye-Opening

Would you consider the audio edition of DarkMarket to be better than the print version?

I had already read the print version but I very much enjoyed the audible version, it's a great production.

What was one of the most memorable moments of DarkMarket?

The beginning, it's a great introduction to what could be a dry techno-book and sets the scene as the page-turner it is.

What about Misha Glenny’s performance did you like?

He is very easy to listen to and of course knows his subject s so he speaks with authority and it flows very naturally.

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

No laugh our loud or very sad moments but plenty of OMG, so much happens on-line we have no facility to understand or even imagine at times. Misha Glenny here as in other books makes a sometimes impenetrable subject very easy to grasp.

Any additional comments?

The follow up "The Hunt for Lord Cyric" is worth downloading if you have a reader and adds a further sense of closure to the story, would be nice if we had that recorded by the author as well as a follow up. Great stuff.

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  • Mr. G. Richardson
  • 05-25-15

Long-winded but fascinating

Rather drawn out to make up the word count but worth it nonetheless. A real life cyber thriller and plenty of food for thought.

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  • K.Munonyedi
  • 05-02-15

A riveting read

Having read Misha's McMafia, I was naturally drawn to this fascinating subject. Informative and zetetic in nature, 'the genie is definitely out of the box'! Investigative journalism at its best.KM