This extraordinarily powerful book demonstrates how utterly we lack the shared supranational tools needed to fight cybercrime. Essential reading
– Roberto Saviano, author of GOMORRAH
Cyber crime is the fastest growing sector of international organised crime. ‘The Worm’ is shorthand for all manner of malignant computer code that is passed from computer to computer. If it lands in your PC, it can turn the machine on which you chat to friends and do your weekly shop into anything from a faithless electronic thief to part of a network that helps manage nuclear weapons systems for a military intelligence service.
This emergent strain of crime has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry under the loose banner of Cyber-security. The internet, hitherto a great place to work, to chat and to play games, is being transformed simultaneously into a fountain of wealth and a deadly battleground. In 2008, as other branches of the global economy were starting to contract in the onset of a worldwide recession, cyberspace was becoming witness to a new arms race – providing both jobs and a host of futuristic dramas. DARK MARKET is the story of this new battleground.
DARK MARKET will find an answer to the key questions that have been posed by the explosion of cyberspace. Misha Glenny will use his hallmark technique – combing original research and gripping narrative stories, placed within a subtle political, economic and historical context. As well as explaining one of the great challenges facing the networked world, it is written with a view to immersing the layman into the vast and labyrinthine virtual underworld.
Misha Glenny is the author of THE REBIRTH OF HISTORY, THE RISE AND FALL OF YUGOSLAVIA and A HISTORY OF THE BALKANS. An acclaimed journalist and historian, he contributes regularly to the Guardian, Observer, The New York Times and New York Review of Books as well as specialist journals and books dealing with south-eastern Europe. A regular broadcaster on radio and television, he has most recently advised several southern European countries on policy-making and legislation and is informally consulted on a regular basis by the British Foreign Office, the US State Department and the British Army, as well as by US, European and south European think-tanks. He is also a regular keynote speaker at conferences on organized crime, globalization, south-eastern Europe and US–Europe relations.