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  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099546559
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

DarkMarket

How Hackers Became the New Mafia




THE crime book of our times, from the author of the bestselling McMafia

We live our lives online – banking, shopping, working, dating – but have we become complacent?

Who's got your money?We share our personal details, our thoughts and movements with a faceless screen, with no real idea what lies behind it. Who's got your identity?DarkMarket exposes the shocking truth about what lurks behind our computers: an underground crime network that invades our privacy and threatens our security on a daily basis. Who's got your life?Glenny tracks down the key players – including criminals, national and international security experts, police, crack addicts, the Saudi Royal Family, and most importantly, victims – to reveal the true scale of this new global threat.

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2012

  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099546559
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Misha Glenny

Glenny is a distinguished investigative journalist and historian. As the Central Europe Correspondent first for the Guardian and then for the BBC, Glenny chronicled the collapse of communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He has won several major awards for his work, including the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting and is the author of five books, including the acclaimed McMafia and DarkMarket.

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Praise for DarkMarket

Eye-popping... A real life crime thriller

Mail on Sunday

A page-turner... This is a gripping tale, brilliantly researched

Sunday Times

Compulsive, thriller-paced reading

Metro

Glenny is skilful at taking a world that might seem impenetrable and esoteric and making it seem human… The story Glenny tells is fascinating

Sunday Telegraph

Like a thriller…gripping

Guardian

This journey through the world of cybercrime tells the story of the past 20 years of online law-breaking for a thriller-paced read

Metro

Riveting new history of web fraud

Ed Lake, Daily Telegraph

His approach... is to zero in on a set of characters whose lives and work he describes in great detail... Since he has had to teach himself their codes, protocols and affectations, he is good at teaching us and does so without condescension.

John Lloyd, Financial Times

eye popping... Given the Olympian research that Misha Glenny has done, this book could have been a turgid jargon fest of Trojans, worms and viruses. But, wisely, Glenny has opted to turn his material into a sleek narrative by making it a real life crime thriller...because they are real, they captivate you in a way that even the most vivid fictional creations cannot... The criminals are fascinating too

Mail on Sunday

In DarkMarket, Misha Glenny does a superlative job of putting faces to the criminals and cops... Glenny analysed the traditional crime families in McMafia, and this is in many ways a futuristic sequel to that book: instead of tales of violence and intimidation, we get tales of hacking and denial-of-service attacks... This is a game of cat and mouse, subterfuge and sting, a protracted battle between cyberthieves and cybercops, and Glenny masterfully weaves the tale together... Cybercrime can seem like a chimera, the scale of the threat unknowable because of the invisibility of its perpetrators. But with DarkMarket Glenny has made the chimera feel a lot more real, and a lot more daunting

Davin Oâ??Dwyer, Irish Times

Misha Glenny's journey through the undergrowth of cybercrime is a dark read. But this most assiduous of writers manages a deft feat. He has turned a subject that could be geekish, dull and frightening into an enjoyable page-turner... Glenny presents a host of extraordinary characters as he tells the story of the past 20 years of online crime... This is a gripping tale, brilliantly researched

John Kampfner, Sunday Times

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