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


How Hackers Became the New Mafia

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

* The benefits of living in a digital, globalised society are enormous; so too are the dangers. * The world has become a law enforcer’s nightmare and every criminal’s dream. We bank online, shop online, date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world? Have we become complacent about our personal security – sharing our thoughts, beliefs and the details of our daily lives with anyone who cares to relieve us of them? * In this fascinating and compelling book, Misha Glenny, author of the international bestseller McMafia, explores the three fundamental threats facing us in the 21st century: cyber crime, cyber warfare and cyber industrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars each year, fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible, often super-smart new breed of criminal: the hacker. * Glenny has travelled and trawled the world. And by exploring the rise and fall of the criminal website, DarkMarket, he has uncovered the most vivid, alarming and illuminating stories. Whether JiLsi or Matrix, Iceman, Master Splynter or Lord Cyric; whether Detective Sergeant Chris Dawson in Scunthorpe or Agent Keith Mularski in Pittsburgh, Glenny has tracked down and interviewed all the players – the criminals, the geeks, the police, the security experts and the victims – and he places everyone and everything in a rich brew of politics, economics and history. * The result is simply unputdownable. DarkMarket is authoritative and completely engrossing. It’s a must-read for everyone who uses a computer: the essential crime book for our times.

  • Pub date: 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”


“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”


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


“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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