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A white-collar true-crime story, Zero Day Threat is a powerful investigative expose on bank and lending policies that actually facilitate ID theft and fraud. USA Today ...
A white-collar true-crime story, Zero Day Threat is a powerful investigative expose on bank and lending policies that actually facilitate ID theft and fraud. USA Today reporters Acohido and Swartz reveal the many ways that established corporations and technology giants (including Bank of America, Microsoft, and Google) have fixated on the Internet to maximize their profits, heedless of increased risks to customers. While examining the exploding range of hidden Internet hazards, they reveal the ways in which cyber crooks nab identity data--such as Dumpster diving for bountiful paper trash that offers account user names, passwords and Social Security numbers--and then exploit that information through channels opened up by careless corporate policies.
Using real-life examples of those who have endured the nightmare of a stolen identity, Zero Day Threat organizes its narrative around three central archetypes:
Posted January 29, 2009
Zero Day Threat contains enough info to scare the mouse out of your computer. Scams, crooks, bots and cops are all featured in this book by 2 USA Today reporters. Apparently gleamed from several newspaper articles they wrote, there is sufficent info here to convince anyone that there is a need for more security (and cops) to protect computer users from the modern day train robbers riding high throughout the internet. Unfortunately, the book is not an easy read. The articles seem to be often patched together without looking at them from a bookreader's point of view. There is no overriding theme that the reader can grasp to follow all of the scams, except that we need to be very scared. Better writers might have made all of the tactics used by the crooks a lot easier to follow, but, nonetheless, this one does the job, just not artfully.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2008
I have just finished reading the Zero Day Threat. For the last couple of years I have worked as an IT contractor for several retailers in order to supplement my income as I run my own business. It is in this capacity I have done everything from being the sole administrator for payment processing data base servers, overseeing PCI compliance, to assisting the helpdesk. I have so to speak served on the front lines and in the trenches from the merchants perspective and feel I have gained a unique view into the payment industry that the average consumer and most executives even those serving the retail industry do not get to see or completely understand. I commend you on a book that is not only well put together and easy to read, even from a non-technical perspective, but well researched and methodically thought out. Following a progression of viruses, trojans, spam, bots, and DDoS attacks that reads as a work of fiction...though if it only were, will keep the readers interest as it progresses into the stealthy art of deception and identity theft. As the owner of Dynamic Network Technologies, I will be adding Zero Day Threat to a list of books I consider required reading and will be purchasing some books to give out to clients.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.