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Author Biggs, John, 1975-

Title Black hats : misfits, criminals, and scammers in the Internet age / John Biggs
Published Berkeley, CA : Apress, 2004


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Description xvi, 148 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Ch. 1. Black hats : things that go ping in the night -- Ch. 2. Y.o.u. mayhave already II : spam -- Ch. 3. Deep cover : spyware -- Ch. 4. Shockwave : worms and viruses -- Ch. 5. Dear friend : scams -- Ch. 6. Upload or perish : pirates -- Ch. 7. Break in : hacking -- Ch. 8. Don't get burned : white hats
Summary "You fear them. They make the evening news with their exploits. Governments can't control them, laws can't touch them, and CEOs tremble at their persistence, cleverness, and daring. Black hats are hackers, crackers, and phreaks. They're mischievous troublemakers, geniuses, criminals. They're impossible to track down and pop up everywhere. Nothing you say or do online is safe from them."
"You don't need a master's degree in computer science to enjoy the chapters in this book on Nigerian 419 scammers, worm writers, and the rest of the underground menagerie that make up the world of the black hats. You'll go to Nigeria and Russia to explore the underworld of Internet scams, and chat with the spam king of Detroit and uncover the secrets that mass emailers use to slide past scanners and firewalls. You'll learn how not to get nabbed in an international swindle, how to spot different cons as they blow through your mailbox, and how to spot programs that can steal your passwords, credit-card numbers, or worse. You'll examine a worm and show how it spreads throughout the Internet, and talk to a 16-year-old worm writer in Austria who has created a system for generating these viruses. To wrap it up, you'll hear testimony from some white hats, the folks who keep you safe while you surf."
"Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age is about the things that go ping. Featuring in-depth interviews with real hackers, crackers, spammers and scammers - along with commentary on the current state of computer security - this book is a must read for anyone interested in staying safe on the Internet."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography, pages 147-148
Subject Computer security.
Computer crimes.
LC no. 2004010327
ISBN 1590593790 alkaline paper
Other Titles Misfits, criminals, and scammers in the Internet age