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Kevin Poulsen’s KINGPIN (Crown Trade; February 22, ) is both a At its core, KINGPIN is the story of the clash between two sides of one. Kevin Poulsen. · Rating details · 6, ratings · reviews. The true story of Max Butler, the master hacker who ran a billion dollar cyber crime network. KINGPIN HOW ONE HACKER TOOK OVER THE BILLION-DOLLAR CYBERCRIME UNDERGROUND KEVIN POULSEN Senior Editor, KINGPIN.

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We formed a committee of cybersecurity experts from journalists, CISOs, researchers and marketing people who were all passionate about reading. They’d even read some of the same books.

Book Review: KINGPIN by Kevin Poulsen

The “passwd” program still lets users change their passwords but also quietly records and stores the new password where it can be retrieved later. He grabbed a phone and found a hiding place, in case the agents peered through the windows.

The school called the police, who found a telltale yellow iodine stain in the back of Max’s Nissan. A high priesthood of network experts called the Internet Software Consortium appointed themselves keepers of the code and had begun furiously rewriting it. When those first young intruders began getting busted inthe national press cast about for a word to describe them and settled on the one the kids had given themselves: The older generation winced at the comparison, but from that point on, the word “hacker” would have two meanings: The county prosecutor offered Max a misdemeanor deal.


Mar 24, Jamie Coldhill rated it really liked it. Computer Security has never really been my thing though. He read the CERT advisory with amazement. Seth walked out to find the bottles of chemicals kkingpin in a pile on his lawn.

A moment later, the roar of an engine. There is a lot of fight for power and recognition among kingipn hackers and in between infiltrated police agents and snitches working for them try to stop all their activities.

Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground by Kevin Poulsen

On the other hand, there was an awful lot of information in this book that I didn’t know knigpin about. Max was expelled from school and prosecuted as a juvenile.

BIND was one of the innovations that made the explosive growth of the Internet possible — it replaced a crude mechanism that couldn’t have expanded with the Net. To answer the value question, you have to remember why any currency system has value. Max’s eyes moved over the nest of linen-clad card tables in the gaudy kingpln hall of the Plaza Hotel and Casino.

Seth’s phone rang early the next morning.

They were cyberthieves, pedophiles, even terrorists. The preferred path to full disclosure was to first notify the software maker and give that kinpin time to issue a patch before releasing the flaw or exploit on Bugtraq.

For nearly a year, small to midsized Internet companies around the United States had been plagued by extortionate cyberattacks from a group calling itself the Expert Group of Protection Against Hackers — a name that probably sounds better in Russian.


Hackers–dedicated, zealous, and innovative–are going to win out over underpaid, bored employees any day of the week. Paxson wrote a full report on the attack for CERT. Each machine now had a back door that Max could use any time he wanted. Black hats worked to exploit the bug by setting up Web pages serving the attack code and then tricking victims into visiting them.

Yb in thought, she didn’t see the other car until she was slamming into it with a jolt and the crunch of metal against metal.

But Max’s equilibrium disappeared when his parents divorced in his fourteenth year. The American dream, circa Gives a good overview of how credit card breaches gy happened, what businesses need to do to help prevent them, and how the feds have set up some pretty complicated stings to take down some of the people who perpetrate them.

The Next Years.

Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground

Instead, the valley quickly metabolized the geeks into full- time employment, and the Hungry Programmers morphed into an unofficial club for Tim’s friends from Meridian High gy the University of Idaho, two dozen in all. I changed jobs, twice. To the bank, the transaction looked like an investment house moving money from one branch to another.