Tech Agent

Tech Agent

by Wayne G Skaggs


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Set in the era of the 1990s, this book portrays an existing secret world, hidden in our technological evolution. Outright evil people and colorful characters were around and were, largely, unrecognized. Follow their journey in a prior time and ask yourself, "how much is true and how much is fiction?" Such characters did and do exist.
There had been a new form of clandestine warfare waged ever since the close of World War II. Industrial espionage had been well out of the public eye.
Only in the 1990s has the extent of covert activity been creeping into the news. U.S .News and World Report, the Wall St. Journal and others have begun to report on this industrial espionage. .
American corporations had been stealing each other's secrets and technology for decades. Their intellectual gamesmanship was not prepared for more primitive assault. As the world emerged from WW11, non-violent activity graduated, on the international front, into a more dangerous and invasive activity. With U.S. firms reacting to the outflow of technology, the "Corporate Spy Wars" (U.S. News and World Report February 1998) were well under way.
International corporate spying has even given birth to new breeds of computer hackers. One group in St. Petersburg Russia made off with ten million dollars from Citibank in 1994, without firing a shot.
The problems are so pervasive; the Congress passed the 1996 Economic Espionage Act empowering the FBI to assist in protection of the national interest. The FBI established its office called the Computer Investigations and Infrastructure Assessment Center which began a partnership between government and corporate America.
All of these measures have been described as too little, too late. In the 1990s alone, the value of stolen information is estimated to be as much as 300 Billion. The reaction has been predictable. It is said that there is an even uglier underside of this spy activity, a world that, given unlimited funds and access, is fighting this battle with weapons and lives.....a world with no Geneva Convention to protect the participants......the Tech Agents. This book attempts to portray their world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507795248
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2015
Series: Tech Agent , #1
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Wayne G. Skaggs was born in the small Missouri town of Bonne Terre, Missouri in 1929, Childhood experiences growing up during the Great Depression taught him the value of both practicality and dreams.
After serving in the United States Air Force, in the early 50's, Korea, Philippines and Japan, he returned to school at the University of Missouri and on to a career in the investment industry. He rose to CEO of a national Broker-Dealer.
Retiring in 1990, he had the time and opportunity to reflect on his life and the evolution of technology over the preceding fifty years. Television, Jet Aircraft, computers were just a few innovations over those years and Skaggs observed Science Fiction, his favorite reading, evolve from Flash Gordon to Star Trek, with many imagined innovations becoming realities in his time.
Joining the ranks of the pioneers of "what if?" seemed natural to him. His books include The Hostings, Out of Nowhere, Tech Agent and Tech Agent 2.

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