Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are by Joseph Menn

By Joseph Menn

In 2004, a California laptop whiz named Barrett Lyon exposed the id of a hacker operating significant attacks on company web content. with no totally greedy the repercussions, he set on an research that led him into the center of the Russian mob. Cybercrime was once evolving. now not the area of small-time thieves, it were found through subtle gangs. They started by means of attacking company web pages yet more and more stole monetary facts from shoppers and safety secrets and techniques from governments.

whereas Barrett investigated the leading edge of expertise crime, the U.S. govt struggled to seize up. Britain, besides the fact that, was once a unique tale. within the overdue Nineteen Nineties, the Queen herself had declared secure e-commerce a countrywide safeguard precedence. brokers from the London-based nationwide Hi-Tech Crime Unit sought out Barrett and enlisted his support. additionally they despatched detective Andrew Crocker, a Welsh former boxer, to Russia to trace down and prosecute the hackers—and to determine who they labored for.

Fatal method blunders penetrates either the Russian cyber-mob and the yankee mafia because the struggle over the Internet’s large spoils. It takes readers into the murky hacker underground, touring the globe from San Francisco to Costa Rica, London, and Russia. utilizing exceptional entry to mob companies and Russian officers, it exhibits how most sensible criminals earned safety from the Russian government—and how Barrett Lyon and Andrew Crocker received towards the titans of the underground economic system than any earlier outsider. jointly, their tales clarify why cybercrime is way worse than you thought—and why the net would possibly not survive.

 

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