By Alan B. Johnston
Can a safety professional retailer the net from a catastrophic 0 day cyber assault by way of a community of zombie pcs, often called a botnet? At what cost?
"Credible and plausible, this tale is informed by way of a subject specialist. i couldn't wait to determine what occurred next." - Vint Cerf, net pioneer
"The probability to the web from worms, viruses, botnets, and zombie desktops is actual, and becoming. Counting from 0 is a smart solution to arise to hurry at the alarming situation, and Johnston attracts you in together with his tale and plausible forged of characters."
- Phil Zimmermann, writer of beautiful reliable privateness (PGP) the main widespread e mail encryption program
Today, each laptop attached to the web is less than consistent assault from viruses, worms, port scans, and unsolicited mail. defense execs continuously struggle to comprise newly unleashed cyber assaults, referred to as 'zero day' assaults, simply to have new assaults introduced. thousands of pcs have already succumbed, and, with no their owner's wisdom, became slave pcs - remotely managed 'zombies'. lower than the keep an eye on of geared up crime and subsidized by way of overseas governments, those pcs are morphing into collections identified within the as botnets, brief for robotic networks.
Internet safety professional Mick O'Malley is the single person who acknowledges the transforming into danger of the final word 0 day assault on the web from an immense botnet, and his distinct hacker abilities and community of co-workers allow him to struggle again. extra cyber prep than cyber punk, Mick makes use of real-life instruments and strategies to encrypt all his communications, and makes use of those talents to damage the encryption utilized by the botnet. Mick makes use of encryption on a private point, too, having a number of passports and a number of names and identities. whereas crisscrossing the globe within the air, on land, and at sea investigating the risk, Mick turns into the objective of assaults on his attractiveness, his id, and eventually his life.
Along the way in which, Mick meets Kateryna Petrescu, a stunning Romanian firewall specialist. Mick's charm to Kateryna develops as they paintings heavily jointly and proportion the buzz and chance. Why is the govt. following Mick and attempting to intercept his communications? Can he cease the 0 day assault sooner than it's unleashed? what is going to be the associated fee to Mick for his unmarried mindedness?
Unfolding throughout 3 continents, the hot cybercrime secret "Counting from Zero" supplies a pragmatic insider's view of the thrust and parry international of machine safety and cryptography, and the very actual possibility of botnets.
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Counting from Zero by Alan B. Johnston