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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.


DarkMarket tells you things you will have difficulty believing. This extraordinarily powerful book explores the shadowy world of modern crime, how it knows no borders and how impossible it is to combat. DarkMarket, like McMafia- Glenny's book on the international mafia - demonstrates how utterly we lack the shared supranational tools needed to fight cyber crime and is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the world we live in

Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah

America and its Western allies are spending billions to perfect future cyber war capability, but Misha Glenny tells us that cyber crime is right here and has been for years - hiding in plain sight. Glenny's account of the international police hunt for a hacker known as Cha0, one of the most successful cyber criminals of our time, should be required reading for the world's cyber war generals.

Seymour M. Hersh

Nobody writes more compellingly about contemporary international crime than the author of McMafia. Misha Glenny combines a terrific pace with the best journalistic practice and stylish writing . . . Illuminating and terrifying

Globe and Mail, Canada

Glenny knows how to make this baffling world of DDoS attacks, botnets and bulletproof hosting into compulsive, thriller-paced reading. And beyond the DarkMarket story, he highlights how, in this fraught virtual space that we are increasingly tied to, privacy and surveillance concerns bounce painfully against crime prevention - and the cybercriminals are superhighways ahead of any attempt to stop them

Siobhan Murphy, Metro

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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  • Paperback


    August 1, 2012


    432 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook


    July 5, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    432 pages

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