Blackhatonomics
An Inside Look at the Economics of Cybercrime
By Will Gragido, Daniel Molina, John Pirc, Nick Selby
Publisher: Elsevier / Syngress
Final Release Date: December 2012
Pages: 216

Blackhatonomics explains the basic economic truths of the underworld of hacking, and why people around the world devote tremendous resources to developing and implementing malware. The book provides an economic view of the evolving business of cybercrime, showing the methods and motivations behind organized cybercrime attacks, and the changing tendencies towards cyber-warfare. Written by an exceptional author team of Will Gragido, Daniel J Molina, John Pirc and Nick Selby, Blackhatonomics takes practical academic principles and backs them up with use cases and extensive interviews, placing you right into the mindset of the cyber criminal.

  • Historical perspectives of the development of malware as it evolved into a viable economic endeavour
  • Country specific cyber-crime analysis of the United States, China, and Russia, as well as an analysis of the impact of Globalization on cyber-crime.
  • Presents the behind the scenes methods used to successfully execute financially motivated attacks in a globalized cybercrime economy.
  • Provides unique insights, analysis, and useful tools for justifying corporate information security budgets.
  • Provides multiple points of view, from pure research, to corporate, to academic, to law enforcement.
  • Includes real world cybercrime case studies and profiles of high-profile cybercriminals.
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A short, worthwhile read

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        Comments about oreilly Blackhatonomics:

        The chapter content often fails to meet the expectations set by the overview statements. The economic data, supported by adequate source links, may be exaggerated in places. Some of the ideas are shared in mixed contexts. I found the short historic elements helpful and interesting. The actual attack vectors, neither exhaustive nor specific, are still plentiful and eye-opening. Another solid round of editing might make the next edition a 4-star book.

         
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        Very Insightful

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          Comments about oreilly Blackhatonomics:

          This book is a very good insight into the world of Cybercrime. It goes into depth regarding the methods used, and the reasons for why it is done.

          It has some interesting statistics on the levels of crime being committed, and the vast amounts of money that are generated via Cybercrime. After reading this book, you can see how much the threats have increased over the years, and how countries/governments are now starting to look into the threats more, although more resources are needed, especially after reading about some "state sponsored" attacks.

           
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            Great book on the history of cybercrime and it's evolution.
            Practical, relevant, and modern.
            Understanding your adversary allows you better prepare for him.

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