- Gebundene Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Crown (22. Februar 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0307588688
- ISBN-13: 978-0307588685
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,3 x 2,9 x 24,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 216.842 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 22. Februar 2011
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"[A] brisk and entertaining tale."--The New York Times
"Even though he has done jail time for his cyber crimes and credit card hacking, it’s hard not to like Max "Max Vision" Butler.... The capers of this misfit genius, and the FBI’s attempts to infiltrate credit card hacking rings, combine to make this a fast, fun read."--Newark Star-Ledger
“Hello, Hollywood, Kevin Poulsen has a tale for you. Deftly told.”—San Francisco Chronicle
"What will make this book endure is Poulsen's elegant elucidation of how the hacking world evolved from its pimply, ideological beginnings into a global criminal enterprise"--Atlantic.com
“Poulsen renders the hacker world with such virtual reality that readers will have difficulty logging off until the very end.”—Publishers Weekly
“The lead figures of KINGPIN are brilliant, crooked geeks and the sleazy women who love to help them steal. Their mortal enemies are a cyber-savvy swarm of undercover cops. Kevin Poulsen gets so close to these paranoid, shadowy people that you can smell the sweat on the keyboards and hear the handcuffs clack shut. No other book can match this intimate, expert portrait of a truly modern criminal underworld.”--Bruce Sterling, Hugo Award-winning novelist and futurist
“An exciting crime thriller, a compelling psychological study, and one of the most accurate stories of hacker culture that I’ve ever read…Poulsen deftly explains the technology behind these ultramodern computer crimes and shows how they’re committed.”--Annalee Newitz, Editor in Chief of io9.com
“With the tense drama and future shock of a William Gibson novel, Kevin Poulsen spins a scary-true tale of the dark-side hacker underground and its most adept sorcerer.”--Steven Levy, author of Hackers and Crypto
"The most thorough portrait to date of a top modern U.S. cyber criminal and an engaging tale of cops against robbers against other robbers. No one writes with more authority than Kevin Poulsen about how hackers actually go about their business."--Joseph Menn, author of All the Rave and Fatal System Error
“Building on the best of the police procedural tradition, Kevin Poulsen lays out in clear language the technologies and methods employed by the criminals and crime fighters alike, all the while crafting a sympathetic character study of the conflicted gray hat, Max Vision, at the heart of it all.”--Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard professor and author of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It
“A superb, insider tour of the dark Internet that lies below "the whitewashed, commercialized" world of the Web. Kevin Poulsen is one of the very few people who understands the territory: the scammers, the scammers of the scammers, and the law enforcement officers trying to catch them. KINGPIN describes a parallel business world, including "the underground's first hostile takeover," where characters who call themselves names like DarkCyd and Matrix and Ghost23 battle for control of digital scams. It is a fascinating, scary ride.”--Ellen Ullman, author of Close to the Machine and The Bug
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
KEVIN POULSEN is a senior editor at Wired.com and a contributor to Wired magazine. He oversees cybercrime, privacy, and political coverage for Wired.com and edits the award-winning Threat Level blog (wired.com/threatlevel), which he founded in 2005.
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Poulsen, selbst erfahrene Zwielichtgestalt des frühen Cybercrime und heute investigativer Wired.com-Journalist, beschreibt auf gerademal 250 Seiten 20 Jahre Cybercrime mit tiefen und faszinierenden Einblicken über die Machenschaften von Hackern und Cardern und dem blühenden Schwarzmarkt gestohlener Kreditkartendaten - nicht zuletzt auch die unsauberen Taktiken von FBI und Secret Service.
100 % wahre Geschichte, geschrieben und lesbar wie ein fesselnder Roman erinnert dieses Buch an eine Mischung aus Neal Stephenson, William Gibson und Dan Brown und John Le Carre. Man mag fast vergessen dass es sich um die wahre Geschichte des Hackers Max Vision Butler handelt. Wenn einem diese Einsicht dann wieder klar wird, erscheint das Geschriebene umso fesselnder, erleuchtender,faszinierender, und ... erschreckend.
Ein absolutes "Must-Read" für jeden, der als Entwickler, Produktmanager, oder sonstiger Verantwortlicher im Webumfeld tätig ist.
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Every part disturbing as I hoped it would be, this book showcases how fragile the internet revolution has made sensitive data. I felt like I was reading Le Carre, the double agents, the betrayal, it was everything to remind myself that this is a true story. I have already recommended this to friends.
One of the reasons I enjoyed reading Kingpin is that I've been familiar with the case since 1998. Poulsen described how MRB exploited vulnerable BIND instances on Air Force and other DNS servers that year. I happened to be a captain in the Air Force CERT and worked with the analyst who discovered MRB's exploitation of Air Force name servers.
Because of my familiarity with this case (limited though it may be), I identified more than one instance where Poulsen seemed to take what I consider to be an unnecessarily "sympathetic" or "understanding" approach to MRB's actions. For example, if MRB acted in the best interest of the Air Force by exploiting and then patching DNS servers, he didn't need to leave a rootkit behind. Worse, he didn't need to return to the compromised systems via his rootkit and backdoor once his "work" was done. Poulsen didn't question MRB's stated motives by presenting a more reasonable explanation for this activity: MRB was a black hat and acted like one.
I noted more "sympathy" for MRB when Poulsen described the incident where MRB choked his girlfriend. Instead of saying MRB "choked his girlfriend," Poulsen wrote on p 11 that "Max began trembling. Then his hands were around her throat and he was pushing her down onto the mattress." This sort of language is disturbing beyond the event itself, because it seems to reveal too much bias.
Once readers recognize this aspect of the book, however, I believe they will still like reading it. Poulsen has a real knack for covering technology and security news and events. I only noticed one odd observation on p 6: Poulsen wrote about the year 1990 and said "the Internet was seven years old then." I think he meant that TCP/IP was seven years old in 1990, having been invented in 1983. Otherwise, I found Poulsen's descriptions of MRB's various exploits to be accurate and intriguing.
If you're interested in a great true story on modern cybercrime, take a look at Kingpin. I finished the book in about two sittings and read every word! I hope Poulsen decides to tackle other aspects of the digital underground in future books.
There were times where I had to stop myself and readjust my frame of reference because it reads almost like fiction. There is incredible detail in the book that often painted a cloud of disbelief in my skeptical mind. It would be quite interesting to pour over the author's notes and sources, seeing where he may have injected a bit more creative license than the source material lent itself to, but I see that more as a compliment than criticism. The truth, as the saying goes, can be stranger than fiction.
The writing is very well done and would be a good read, even if you're not technically proficient in the world of digital security. To those that may mind, the book is uncensored from the over-the-top banter that is exchanged between these online personas. It can be gritty at times, but the unrestrained approach is very telling of the hubris in which the underground trades.
This is an excellent book and very educational on the security problems that we all face in the digital age. Get it. Read it. Gorge on it.
Once I started reading Kingpin, it was difficult to put down; I wanted to know what would happen next.
I followed several of the book's characters in the media such as Max Butler, Jonathan James, and Albert Gonzales, so I was already interested in the subject matter. Kevin's skill as a writer came alive as he was able to turn Max Butler's tale into a thrilling adventure.
I highly recommend Poulsen's book to everyone. Great job, Kevin!
I say this because "Kingpin" was written for a very niche audience. It deals extensively with the topics of computer security, cybercrime, and identity theft. The book often dives into 1-2 page semi-technical explanations of computer viruses, security holes in networks, or tactics used by hackers. Occasionally there will be one or two lines of actual programming code thrown in. It's all integrated seamlessly into the main narrative. The book is also based on a true story and contains a detailed list of sources for the facts used in each chapter. You DO NOT actually need any computer background to enjoy and understand the book, since Poulsen masterfully explains complex concepts and technical terms, but interest in this kind of thing is a prerequisite. If you don't care for computers and have no interest in the history or methods of hacking, you will not get much out of the book. There are other crime thrillers that focus more on character development and would likely be better suited for the average reader, like several of John Grisham's books.
I bought this book because I am a first year college student thinking of majoring in Information Science. I had heard that this book provided a detailed history and authentic perspective on evolution of cybercrime and the computer security field, and I liked the idea of reading a novel and learning a few things along the way (I don't need another textbook in my life right now). The book surpassed my expectations! I learned more from it than I thought I would, and was entertained throughout. I could not put the book down. The plot is gripping, the pacing is spot-on, the story is true, and Poulsen really knows his stuff, as he spent time in prison for black hat hacking before becoming an author and magazine editor. The book is as authentic and close to hacking scene as one can get without breaking into a computer!
Though the good far outweighs the bad, I did have some complaints. One is that the book doesn't really flesh out and develop any of the characters outside of Max, the protagonist. This is understandable since it has a much more technical focus than other novels, but it still hurts the story a little bit. Another problem is that the early chapters aren't particularly well done or interesting. They only set up Max's background, and are rather dull compared to the rest of the story. Also, Max is not the most likable or relatable protagonist. Even though Poulsen does a great job with showing the reader his motives and inner psyche, I found it hard to sympathize with Max at certain points in the novel. Finally, "Kingpin" is not the greatest crime thriller ever written if judged solely on the story and writing, ignoring its technical insight into the computer world. The fact is there are better books out there, just none that do exactly what "Kingpin" does.
Overall, "Kingpin" is a fantastic book that manages to be simultaneously informative and entertaining. It is a unique foray into the shadowy cybercrime underground, and I strongly recommend it to those interested in anything related to the internet and computers. To those looking only for an entertaining story, there are better options.