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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Sourcebooks, Inc (18. November 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1402295618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402295614
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 15,9 x 23,5 cm
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Now a New York Times bestseller!There is a Threat Lurking Online with the Power to Destroy Your Finances, Steal Your Personal Data, and Endanger Your Life.In Spam Nation, investigative journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs unmasks the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies-and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks-he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere.Blending cutting-edge research, investigative reporting, and firsthand interviews, this terrifying true story reveals how we unwittingly invite these digital thieves into our lives every day. From unassuming computer programmers right next door to digital mobsters like "Cosma"-who unleashed a massive malware attack that has stolen thousands of Americans' logins and passwords-Krebs uncovers the shocking lengths to which these people will go to profit from our data and our wallets.Not only are hundreds of thousands of Americans exposing themselves to fraud and dangerously toxic products from rogue online pharmacies, but even those who never open junk messages are at risk. As Krebs notes, spammers can-and do-hack into accounts through these emails, harvest personal information like usernames and passwords, and sell them on the digital black market. The fallout from this global epidemic doesn't just cost consumers and companies billions, it costs lives too.Fast-paced and utterly gripping, Spam Nation ultimately proposes concrete solutions for protecting ourselves online and stemming this tidal wave of cybercrime-before it's too late."Krebs's talent for exposing the weaknesses in online security has earned him respect in the IT business and loathing among cybercriminals... His track record of scoops...has helped him become the rare blogger who s

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Viele, die an Computersicherheit und Cybercrime interessiert sind, kennen vermutlich die Website des Autors [...]

In diesem Buch nimmt uns der Autor einige Jahre mit zurück in die Vergangenheit, hauptsächlich in die Zeit der "Pharma Kriege", als sich verschiedene Netzwerke von osteuropäischen Spammern und illegalen Onlineapotheken gegenseitig bekriegt und unser aller Mailboxen zugemüllt haben.
Der Ansatz ist hierbei durchaus interesant, gut recherchiert und dokumentiert (man merkt seinen Hintergrund als Journalist bei der Washington Post), wird aber im letzten Viertel des Buches doch sehr langatmig.

Sehr lesenswert ist, wie die Geschäftsmodelle, die Infrastruktur, die Werbe- und Beteiligungsmodelle und die Lieferketten aufgezogen wurden. Globalisierung können auch die Betrüger. Vielleicht sogar noch besser, weil sie sich nicht an Gesetze und Regularien halten müssen.

Die Konsumentensicht (warum kaufen Leute eigentlich gefälschte Arzneimittel) kommt kommt kurz und schwerpunktmäßig aus US-Sicht zu Wort. Ebenso wird auf die Risiken gefälschter Medikamente anhand von Beispielen eingegangen (lebensbedrohende Nebenwirkungen durch Verunreinigungen, Todesgefahr durch kostenlos beigepackte "Warenproben" von Erektionshilfen auch bei Kunden, die Mittel gegen Herzschwäche bestellt hatten).

Eher betroffen macht, wie wenig Interesse selbst die Pharmaindustrie an Aufklärung hatte, welchen Hürden sich Forscher ausgesetzt sehen die das Phänomen untersuchen wollen und wie machtlos (oder desinteressiert) aufgrund der grenzüberschreitenden Strukturen auch die Strafverfolger oft sind.
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Das Buch ist einfach Klasse. Klare weiterempfehlung für Personen mit erweiterten Englischkenntnissen, da das Buch vollständig auf Englisch ist. Brian Krebs hat hier gut Beschrieben, wie es abläuft.
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25 von 27 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
I really enjoy Kreb's insight into cybercrime 4. Januar 2015
Von ABP - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
TLDR - fascinating topic by a very knowledgeable author, but not well executed or well written.

I am a regular reader of krebsonsecurity.com, and will continue to be. I really enjoy Kreb's insight into cybercrime, and the revelations about technology and society that come with it. My appreciation for his blog made me excited to read his book, but unfortunately it came up short. There were many interesting facts, but it was as if he didn't have a clear vision of what he was synthesizing them for. The tone of the writing was very inconsistent. Sometimes it reads like a pulp spy novel, sometimes a memoir, sometimes an academic paper. Events that don't seem very dramatic are dramatized at length, and other fascinating tidbits are mentioned but not followed up. This confusion about intent and audience makes for a very jarring read. Sometimes technical terms are insufficiently defined. Other terms are unnecessarily defined and explained many times in the book. The structure of the book doesn't suit the topic. He frequently refers the reader to other parts of the book, yet it isn't apparent why the information is in the other part of the book rather than where he mentions it by reference.
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We have seen the enemy, and it is us 18. November 2014
Von David Wineberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Spam is a Russian industry. There are competitors, partnerships, even contests for most responses. Incredibly (to us), spam delivered in Russia actually offers links to spamming services at the bottom of the spam, so that your business too, can benefit. The drug spam industry is financed by American consumers, who want to save money, avoid going to doctors, or even deal prescription drugs to others. The spammers fill a genuine void and satisfy a genuine demand in a twisted healthcare system. This is the story that Brian Krebs reveals, in dramatic, fascinating and fine detail.

The online “pharmacies” contract with fabs in India and China, just like the majors do. Goods are shipped by them directly to the customer. Refunds are easier to obtain than from US firms, because the spammers don’t want their card processors to fine them or cut them off. And better customer service leads to reorders (!). And if they don’t, aggressive outbound telemarketing takes over. They have supply chains, with acquirers of botnets, renters of botnets, pharmacies, affiliate programs and spammers – all getting a cut of the transaction or an upfront fee. So very few get crazy rich. Some had to take legitimate day jobs to make ends meet. Eventually, those legitimate tech jobs became more attractive than the dark ones, so recruiting became a problem. Truly, a parallel universe.

The drug spam segment is in clear decline:

1) The Achilles Heel of the spammers is that they are not totally vertical. They can collect e-mail addresses, they can create botnets, they can accept and fulfill orders. But they can’t process payment. So credit card companies and Microsoft have gone after banks, card processors and transfer agents, making business impossible for the drug spammers. They built their own universe with their own rules, but stopped short. Eventually, it had to collapse.

2) The other weak link is Russia, which harbored them. How long that would last was always questionable, but Russia is so corrupt that spammers bribed officials to investigate and close down their competitors. It was a war of attrition where eventually everyone had to lose. Overall, it was a self-inflicted, two pronged attack – on itself.

And it’s not all a semi-legitimate economy. They also evolved from scareware (your computer is not safe) to ransomware (all your files are now encrypted). And there’s the constant selling of personal information.

Krebs follows a cast of kingpins through their rise and fall. It’s a passion that cost him his career at the Washington Post, which changed “policy” so he could no longer publish his blockbuster stories. (Krebs had been the reason for the crippling and shutdown of major botnets, himself) He has kept going, following through to the end of the kingpins’ rule, and ends the book with tips on not just how, but why you need to protect your accounts. It’s all chilling and gripping, and unfortunately real.

David Wineberg
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A Detailed Chronicle of the Spam and Illegal Pharmaceutical Online Scammers 18. November 2014
Von Bassocantor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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SPAM NATION is a detailed chronicle of the spam and illegal pharmaceutical online scammers that plague the internet. The author explains that a large proportion of the pharma spam originates from really just a few individuals in Russia. The author includes a very useful "Who's Who" in the cyberworld section, right at the beginning of this book. It explains who the main players are in the span and pharma schemes.

Much of the book discusses the competing criminal networks in Russia, and how these gangs try to thwart each other. Sometimes they expose their competitors private information to the authorities, hoping the police will take down the opposition. Eventually, many of these criminals would end up being arrested and many will have to serve at least a few years in prison.

The author spends a lot of time explaining the schemes of "botnets," which are networks of rogue computers controlled by the bot masters. The criminals use these to steal information, send out billions of spam, or even hijack the computer and hold it for ransom until the owner pays a fine. The botnet armies can be extremely powerful and damaging to the public. There was some online chats that were leaked, showing how the criminals actually use these botnet armies: "They were using their armies to bludgeon someone or something offline that threatened to kill their criminal operations. Very often, rival spammers would turn their digital armaments on one another."

For me, the most interesting part of SPAM NATION were the chapters describing the financial processing--that is, how the criminals manage to charge your credit card. A set of researchers--some associated with Cal Berkeley, set up test credit card accounts, which they used to buy some counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Then, they would endeavor to track down which banks were actually processing the customers' credit cards. They discovered that there were only a handful of banks that were involved. One researcher was especially clever, in that he simply called around credit card companies, until he found some executives that would cooperate with this investigation. The researchers discovered that the spammers were very careful about screening credit cards that might just be traps. As a result of this investigation, the credit card processing companies were pressured into more vigilantly enforcing the rules. This also caught the attention of Congress.

The author describes one bizarre adventure, which he calls, taking an "icebreaker cruise," to Russia to meet with one of the most notorious scammers in the entire world. It was an unpleasant trip, encountering shady people in scary places. The author states that he was actually afraid to meet with some of the other criminals behind these schemes.

√ All in all, SPAM NATION is an interesting read. It exposes the magnitude of these nefarious scams, as well as the intricacies of the serpentine network behind these scammers. I thought the text dragged a bit in the sections discussing all of the Russian operatives, but in general, SPAM NATION is a very interesting (and a bit, scary) read. Recommend!

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14 von 17 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Fascinating subject, less than stellar execution. 12. Dezember 2014
Von scott baxter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book illustrates just how difficult it is to write a first book, even if the author has a long career as a writer writing short pieces. Krebs has trouble deciding which things require longer explanation and which can be glossed over. For example, at one point he points out the importance of understanding what IP addresses are, but Krebs would have done well to spend much more time going into detail about what an IP address is, why it is important to understand their meaning, how they can be spoofed, and how much time security researchers spend trying to discover the true IP address of a server. I also thought that Krebs would have done well to greatly expand his final chapter in which he describes what one as an individual computer user can do to be safer.

There are other, less important problems, that marred the book. These include:

* trouble using metadiscourse to signal things coming in future chapters or to refer to earlier chapters. Krebs is less than elegant here.

* trouble referring to himself consistently and elegantly.

* trouble referring to published literature. Krebs seems to never be quite sure if his audience is a technical computer science security community or a more general audience.

* related to the last point, I found Krebs endnotes annoying and, at least in my opinion, the book would have been better if Krebs had integrated them into the main text. Part of my problem may have been related to reading the text in ebook format, although it was not that difficult to toggle between footnotes and main text on my kindle paperwhite.

Despite these issues, I did enjoy the book. Krebs is well positioned to inform the world of casual computer issues about a critically important subject. I , for the most part, did enjoy the book.
9 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Spam Nation reads more like fiction than the works of a once Washington Post ... 22. November 2014
Von Kenneth J. Knapp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Spam Nation reads more like fiction than the works of a once Washington Post tech writer. Brian Krebs does an outstanding job of chronicling the fact-based details of Russian cybercrime partnerships as a fast-moving drama. The book covers much more than Spam and describes the international aspect and global sourcing of this criminal ecosystem. The book focuses on the 'Pharma Wars' of a few years ago and the development of illegal pharmaceutical businesses that advertise by spam email. While claiming to derive from Canadian sites, products are actually shipped from India to mainly American customers. One of the more intriguing aspects of the book are the interview results of numerous customers who actually buy from spam and, surprisingly, most seem satisfied with their purchase, even though the sources are highly questionable.

What I liked about this book is how the story derives from a unique combination of sources to include phone interviews with key cybercriminals, hundreds of pages of internal chat logs from online criminal forums given to Krebs, academic research from several named American universities, Russian news media (Krebs knows Russian)... and lots of old fashion investigative reporting.

Non-techies will have no problem following this book as Krebs explains what a Botnet and DDOS attack is, for example. If you get the audio version like I did, the narrator, Christopher Lane, does a good job of sounding an accent when quoting Russians, which is funny at times as Krebs shares his numerous phone interviews with the key spammers of this story. Krebs also conducts an in-person interview with one kingpin at his office in Russia -- gutsy.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I think anyone with an interest in cybersecurity, privacy, criminology and/or organized crime will as well.
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