Fancy bear goes phishing

23rd May 2023


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With lucidity and wit, Scott Shapiro establishes that cybercrime has less to do with defective programming than with the faulty wiring of our psyches and society. And because hacking is a human story, he tells the fascinating tales of perpetrators including Robert Morris Jr, the graduate student who accidentally crashed the internet in the 1980s, and the Bulgarian ‘Dark Avenger’ who invented the first mutating computer-virus engine. We also meet a sixteen-year-old from South Boston who took control of Paris Hilton’s cell phone and the Russian intelligence officers who sought to take control of a US election, among others. In telling their stories, he exposes the hackers’ tool kits and gives fresh answers to vital questions – why is the internet so vulnerable, and what can we do in response?