Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WORM-The Fight Against a Cyber Terrorist Threat

Mark Bowden, the author of "Black Hawk Down," has written about a different kind of battle in a different kind of war in "Worm." Worm is reviewed in today's New York Times.  The review summarizes the threat, the response, and the difficulties inherent in writing about cyberterrorism for "amateurs." In 2008, Conficker was created and metastasized in the cyber world, making up to 83 million possible contacts in a very short time.   Worm tells the story of the malware and the people who fought it, in terms that a non technical reader can follow.  The book gives readers an overview of the history and development of these kinds of threats.  While the reviewer notes that the book lacks drama because of the nature of the conflict, because the purposes of Conficker were never understood and Conficker did not fulfill the worm-fighters’ dire predictions, Bowden's attempt to increase awareness of cyber threats is worth a read.

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