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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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Makes cybersecurity understandable for the layman.

I'm only modestly aware of cybersecurity issues, but I know enough to be very impressed with how Bowden was able to make very arcane matters make sense. A must- read for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the cyberthreats we all face today.

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To say the very least an interesting story

Fascinating account of how such a simple thing, report for 45 buffer overflow, could have such far impact. Even more true now given how "connected" our world and systems are.

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Very interesting but scary.

Must read for anyone interested in the internet and it's security, a real education,
thank God for the good guys!
Well done.

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Great starting place

Would you listen to Worm again? Why?

I might. It helps to reinforce lower vocabulary to use when talking to non-nerds.

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A lot of people don't like this book because of all the x-men references and the lower level approach to the story. However, most people that would read this don't know the higher lingo, and also the higher lingo would in no way increase the effectiveness of this book.

If you want to know the basics of the security world and why we are in the mess we are at today, then this is a GREAT starting place. Absolutely recommend this book to anyone entering the cyber-security world or looking for some info on it.

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Intriguing and riveting

Would you listen to Worm again? Why?

Worm is the most fascinating, interesting and suspenseful books I've read in a long time - and I've read some really good ones!

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Was not enjoyable for me

I work in the security industry and did not find this to be a compelling or easy to enjoy book - having email threads read (word for word) as part of a story is just painful; especially when it's a back and forth bickering between hot-headed nerds - on the upside; some of the work the "cabal" did was interesting

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A must read for anyone with a computer.

If you could sum up Worm in three words, what would they be?

Security Number One

What other book might you compare Worm to and why?

Demon

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

On spot

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

Thought I knew most of what was going on since I ran an IT div in DC, but was not aware of this worm.

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No bank account is safe

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Very boring book.

What disappointed you about Worm?

This book is very boring.

Has Worm turned you off from other books in this genre?

This book has not turned me off of other books in this genre.

What didn’t you like about Christopher Lane’s performance?

Boring

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

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I wish I could get my credit back. I did not, I could not finish this book...

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  • Carroll
  • Hilo, HI, United States
  • 11-03-14

A tremendous narrative of the emerging threats!!!!

I loved "The Coukoo's Egg" years ago and used it in security work for years & then this saga is a great view of the continuing challenges of the "connected age"!! Very useful for anyone who likes the Internet.

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Freightening story with no closure

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.