Fancy Bear Goes Phishing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Monday, 29 May 2023

This book, subtitled "The Dark History of the Information Age in Five Extraordinary Hacks" provides an entertaining account of the philosophy and technology of hacking, and why we all need to understand it. Scott J. Shapiro draws on his Yale University class about hacking to show that cybercrime has less to do with defective programming than with the faulty wiring of our psyches and society.

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Shapiro tells the tales of perpetrators, including Robert Morris Jr., the graduate student who accidentally crashed the internet in the 1980s, and the Bulgarian “Dark Avenger,” who invented the first mutating computer-virus engine. He also looks at a sixteen-year-old from South Boston who took control of Paris Hilton’s cell phone, and the Russian intelligence officers who sought to take control of a US election. The stories illustrate the hackers’ tool kits and Shapiro offers suggestions as to why the the is internet so vulnerable and what we can do in response.

Author: Scott J. Shapiro
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date: May 2023
Pages: 432
Audience: General
Level: Introductory
Category: Security


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