Worm: The First Digital World War (MP3 CD)
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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. The group's members included Rodney Joffe, the security chief of Internet telecommunications company Neustar, and self-proclaimed ?adult in the room?; Paul Vixie, one of the architects of the Internet; John Crain, a transplanted Brit with a penchant for cowboy attire; and ?Dre? Ludwig, a twenty-eight-year-old with a big reputation and a forthright, confrontational style. They and others formed what came to be called the Conficker Cabal, and began a tireless fight against the worm. 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's unity and resolve. Will the Cabal lock down the worm before it is too late? Game on.Worm: The First Digital World War reports on the fascinating battle between those determined to exploit the Internet and those committed to protect it. Mark Bowden delivers an accessible and gripping account of the ongoing and largely unreported war taking place literally beneath our fingertips.