Book Excerpts

 

The Internet’s 40th anniversary timeline of milestones

The Associated Press and Symantec have each compiled timelines to mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Internet. The compilation below begins with LastWatchdog’s description of the current threat landscape. Combined and supplementing the timelines reveal how a military grade experiment, designed with an open architecture that preserves s anonymity, evolved into a […]

Hacking for bragging rights gives way to hacking for ill-gotten profits

Book Excerpt Chapter 1-Built For Speed Pages 14- 21 Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity ISBN- 13: 978-1-4027-5695-5 White Hats, Black Hats, Gray Hats The year is 1999-the close of the twentieth century. “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” Harry Potter, and The […]

Seeking to impress his girlfriend, Samy worm creator introduces huge new attack surface

Book Excerpt Chapter 15 Pages 189-196 Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity ISBN- 13: 978-1-4027-5695-5 Expediters Silly Samy In another sort of counterintuitive development, a vast new sector opened up where cybercriminals could roam, but it did not derive from the […]

How hacker wannabes become profit-driven cyberthieves

Book Excerpt Chapter 4 Pages 46- 49 Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity ISBN- 13: 978-1-4027-5695-5 Self-anointed Avenger Exploiters Fall 2003, Edmonton The oldest of three children in a stable, churchgoing family, Socrates recalls getting hooked on computers as a young […]

Criminal hacking at the grass roots level

Book Excerpt – The cost of doing business Chapter 8 Pages 95-98 Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity ISBN- 13: 978-1-4027-5695-5 March 2005, Edmonton In the year and a half Yolanda and Jacques were a couple, they had lived in three […]

Microsoft pays $250,000 bounty to catch Netsky/Sasser author

Book Excerpt Chapter 4 Pages 52- 59 Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity 2008 by Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz, Union Square Press, Sterling Publishing Co. ISBN- 13: 978-1-4027-5695-5 Virus Wars Subject: Hi So began the Virus Wars of 2004. It […]

How credit bureaus created and perpetuate errors in your credit history

Book Excerpt Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity 2008 by Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz, Union Square Press, Sterling Publishing Co. ISBN- 13: 978-1-4027-5695-5 Rife with Inaccuracies (Pages 88-94) Lending is the art of hedging your bets. The basic model for […]