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Industry of Anonymity

Inside the Business of Cybercrime
Narrated by: David Stifel
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Technology
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Summary

The most extensive account yet of the lives of cybercriminals and the vast international industry they have created, deeply sourced and based on field research in the world's technology-crime hot spots.

Cybercrime seems invisible. Attacks arrive out of nowhere, their origins hidden by layers of sophisticated technology. Only the victims are clear. But every crime has its perpetrator - specific individuals or groups sitting somewhere behind keyboards and screens. Jonathan Lusthaus lifts the veil on the world of these cybercriminals in the most extensive account yet of the lives they lead and the vast international industry they have created.

We are long past the age of the lone adolescent hacker tapping away in his parents' basement. Cybercrime now operates like a business. Its goods and services may be illicit, but it is highly organized, complex, driven by profit, and globally interconnected. Having traveled to cybercrime hot spots around the world to meet with hundreds of law enforcement agents, security gurus, hackers, and criminals, Lusthaus takes us inside this murky underworld and reveals how this business works. He explains the strategies criminals use to build a thriving industry in a low-trust environment characterized by a precarious combination of anonymity and teamwork. 

Crime takes hold where there is more technical talent than legitimate opportunity and where authorities turn a blind eye - perhaps for a price. In the fight against cybercrime, understanding what drives people into this industry is as important as advanced security.

Based on seven years of fieldwork from Eastern Europe to West Africa, Industry of Anonymity is a compelling and revealing study of a rational business model that, however much we might wish otherwise, has become a defining feature of the modern world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Jonathan Lusthaus (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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interesting material

interesting material but the audio book is a bit awkward to listen to when it is peppered with citations. Pity there isn't a version of the audio book that leaves the citations out. The narrator is a bit flat too.

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  • 16-10-19

Excellent Book

Author does a great job providing historical context and key insights into aspects of cyber crime. What sets his book off from others is the analytic rigor he brings to the problem.

His survey isn’t complete, but really cannot be. Nice baseline book.

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  • Pieter
  • 21-06-19

It's ok... but

The Comical attempt by the narrator to put eastern accents to some of the text is very irritating, but not as irritating as the reading of the references at the end of each sentence.

Overall ok - and a deep dive into cybercrime industry - but unfortunately the spoiled by the above.