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With the emergence of the internet new forms of crime became possible. From harassment and grooming to fraud and identity theft the anonymity provided by the internet has created a new world of crime of which we all must be aware. The threat of hackers reaches beyond the individual, threatening businesses and even states, and holds worrying implications for the world we li With the emergence of the internet new forms of crime became possible. From harassment and grooming to fraud and identity theft the anonymity provided by the internet has created a new world of crime of which we all must be aware. The threat of hackers reaches beyond the individual, threatening businesses and even states, and holds worrying implications for the world we live in.In this enlightening account, Cath Senker unmasks the many guises that cybercrime takes and the efforts of law enforcement to keep pace with the hackers. She reveals the mysterious world of hackers and cybersecurity professionals and reveals a story that is both shocking and surprising. With chapters on political activism and human rights, Senker shows a brighter side of the darknet. For anyone interested in learning more of the world of cyber-criminals and their opponents, this is the perfect starting point.


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With the emergence of the internet new forms of crime became possible. From harassment and grooming to fraud and identity theft the anonymity provided by the internet has created a new world of crime of which we all must be aware. The threat of hackers reaches beyond the individual, threatening businesses and even states, and holds worrying implications for the world we li With the emergence of the internet new forms of crime became possible. From harassment and grooming to fraud and identity theft the anonymity provided by the internet has created a new world of crime of which we all must be aware. The threat of hackers reaches beyond the individual, threatening businesses and even states, and holds worrying implications for the world we live in.In this enlightening account, Cath Senker unmasks the many guises that cybercrime takes and the efforts of law enforcement to keep pace with the hackers. She reveals the mysterious world of hackers and cybersecurity professionals and reveals a story that is both shocking and surprising. With chapters on political activism and human rights, Senker shows a brighter side of the darknet. For anyone interested in learning more of the world of cyber-criminals and their opponents, this is the perfect starting point.

30 review for Cybercrime and the Darknet: Revealing the hidden underworld of the internet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tanja

    I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review. Most people have heard of cybercrime and the darknet (usually in movies) but majority of people don’t actually understand what those terms mean. This book is written for those who want to learn more about the reality of online security and privacy. The book is divided into two parts: Cybercrime and The Darknet. It’s quite well organized and written simply enough so that people who aren’t good with tech can understand it, but not so simply I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review. Most people have heard of cybercrime and the darknet (usually in movies) but majority of people don’t actually understand what those terms mean. This book is written for those who want to learn more about the reality of online security and privacy. The book is divided into two parts: Cybercrime and The Darknet. It’s quite well organized and written simply enough so that people who aren’t good with tech can understand it, but not so simply as to seem condescending. The book is quite short but covers a lot of ground. It touches on many topics (cyberbullying, copyright issues, hacktivism, bitcoin, terrorism and many more) and talks about many big issues and events (like Gamergate and Wikileaks). I like that the book doesn’t only focus on the negative things but also serves as a reminder that some ‘scary’ parts of the internet can be used for good things and that sometimes the line between good and evil isn’t as clear as we would like it to be. If you want to learn more about the depths of the internet, this book is for you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sidra

    The book is divided into two sections, the first one covers cyber crime and the second one cover darknet. It is a comprehensive account of both cyber crime and darknet for individuals who want to learn more about these aspects of the Internet. The good part was that a lot of examples have been used to describe each and every topic but on the downside, the book only comprises of dry facts which makes it a painfully slow and dry read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    A 4/5 of five. It's a nice introduction to topics most people have probably heard, but don't really know what they are about. This book summarizes things like bitcoin, how to access the internet off the grid, and how to buy drugs on the Dark Net. Hackers, terrorists, and pedophiles are also discussed in this book, so be ready for some dark shit. The author herself doesn't come off as very technical herself. Most of the book is providing a definition of a topic, and then summarize articles relate A 4/5 of five. It's a nice introduction to topics most people have probably heard, but don't really know what they are about. This book summarizes things like bitcoin, how to access the internet off the grid, and how to buy drugs on the Dark Net. Hackers, terrorists, and pedophiles are also discussed in this book, so be ready for some dark shit. The author herself doesn't come off as very technical herself. Most of the book is providing a definition of a topic, and then summarize articles related to that topic. There are 368 URL's and references in the back of the book that the author references throughout the book. Solid book for quick summary of topics around the Dark Net and Cyber Crime. Cool examples and easily readable for someone not computer savvy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    If you are looking for a book about the level of cybercrime nowadays, this is the recommended read. It uses a simple language, with explanations of terms, as well as extensive coverage of different chapters and domains, such as bullying and harassment online. It also offers the main points of view in the discussion about the extent of the civil disobedience faced with the 'interests of the state' played on the lanes of the so-called 'dark side of the Internet'. The authors offers a relatively cl If you are looking for a book about the level of cybercrime nowadays, this is the recommended read. It uses a simple language, with explanations of terms, as well as extensive coverage of different chapters and domains, such as bullying and harassment online. It also offers the main points of view in the discussion about the extent of the civil disobedience faced with the 'interests of the state' played on the lanes of the so-called 'dark side of the Internet'. The authors offers a relatively clear overview of the most important perspectives, leaving to the reader the duty of further research or to form his or her own opinion. The technical part is simply explained, clarifying in plain words relatively complicated issues. Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vasif Abbasov

    Concisely written, but with enough details to understand how cybercrime is becoming bigger and bigger threat to society.

  6. 4 out of 5

    T.J. Hoffpauir

    Repetitive on a lot of the points it has to make about the reasons behind the rise of the darknet popularity.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adam Gravano

    Very basic view of cybercrime. Misunderstands the concept of entrapment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Graham McGhie

    Magnificent Guide to the Darker Side of the Internet : Author, Cath Senker, examines the so-called "Dark Net": what it contains, how it is accessed and by whom it is usually used. It is a remarkably informative work. She objectively explores the ever growing "Dark Net" which is frighteningly so much larger than the internet most of us are aware of and use. She likens the everyday internet to the tip of an iceberg, thus the size of the "Dark Internet" is immense. Yet in spite of repeated Newspaper Magnificent Guide to the Darker Side of the Internet : Author, Cath Senker, examines the so-called "Dark Net": what it contains, how it is accessed and by whom it is usually used. It is a remarkably informative work. She objectively explores the ever growing "Dark Net" which is frighteningly so much larger than the internet most of us are aware of and use. She likens the everyday internet to the tip of an iceberg, thus the size of the "Dark Internet" is immense. Yet in spite of repeated Newspaper Headlines reporting hacks and leaks, an alarming number of the general population are blissfully unaware of what it actually is and the threat it poses to law abiding citizens everywhere. The book explains, very successfully, the structure of the "web" and defines technical jargon widely used in connection with the "Dark Net". Cath Senker also identifies the main areas of concern and what law enforcement and counter espionage authorities are doing to protect us. The book is exceptionally well researched and boasts a superb Introduction which allows the reader to readily access any Chapter or section. Tap on a topic in the Introduction and hey presto you're there. You can easily flip from one topic to another. Cross-referencing is great. For a book which might be used for reference purposes ease of access is a Godsend. The book looks at various dangers the "Dark Net" poses and yet maintains balance by examining some benefits arising from it. Topics covered include the ready availability of drugs and prescribed medication at knockdown prices whilst maintaining anonymity from prosecution. The drawback is delivery: you might not receive what you paid for as the "Dark Net" is awash with criminals. "Bitcoins" had their origins in the Dark Net as a means of anonymous payment. Particular dangers which are associated with the Dark Net such as Paedophilia, Bullying, Stalking and Grooming are also examined as are the counter measures being taken by various Government authorities. Identity fraudsters, spies and terrorists increasingly use the dark internet to further their criminal and terrorist objectives. Again the author updates us on the counter measures being taken. Cath Senker reviews recent cases which have received headlines in the press and news media. Those in particular relating to the leaking of Top Secret documents and hacking of databases. Again she refreshingly summarises the facts of the cases and leaves it to ourselves to judge their justification. Our human rights to freely access information are considered. However, those rights have to be weighed against the dangers from criminals and terrorists. Sometimes sacrifice is required for the greater good. An excellent book for those who would like more information about the dangers posed by the World Wide Web and the battle by intelligence and crime agencies to protect us. I was much the wiser for reading it. (My review was based on an eBook file provided to me free of charge by the publisher via NetGalley. My review is totally independent.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yzabel Ginsberg

    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.] This book provided an introduction to part of what you can find on the "Deep Web". If you don't know anything about it, or just a few things, it will give you some starting points which you can use to then find out more. If you already know what there is to know, probably the book won't be useful, though. Divided in two parts, "Cybercrime" and "The Dark Net", it introduces some of the basic ideas and concepts. What's the Deep Web and what can y [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.] This book provided an introduction to part of what you can find on the "Deep Web". If you don't know anything about it, or just a few things, it will give you some starting points which you can use to then find out more. If you already know what there is to know, probably the book won't be useful, though. Divided in two parts, "Cybercrime" and "The Dark Net", it introduces some of the basic ideas and concepts. What's the Deep Web and what can you find it it. Who's more likely to use the Tor browser and other tools to remain anonymous (not only criminals and terrorists: activist and people who fight for their rights do need a place where they can share information without being silenced by their governments). Examples of cybercrime: drug-selling websites, child sexual abuse, or simply places where you can buy regular items with Bitcoin. Interestingly, crime appears to be the least spread activity, and a lot of people who use the 'Dark Web' do so for reasons that do not go against the law. All in all, it's a good reminder that a tool is never as good or as evil as the hand who wields it. The book also provides examples of some of the most well-known leaks, uses of virus or worms, and DDoS attacks. Nothing new to me, but something that will be useful to neophytes, without drowning them under a deluge of information—and not as biased as one may have expected: all in all, the author tried to present various sides of the story, so to speak. (Of course, keep in mind that what's in the book is only the tip of the iceberg: the most juicy bits are the ones you will -not- find in a book.) I'm not rating it higher because in the end, it didn't bring me a lot of information I didn't already know. But I don't doubt it will be more interesting for other readers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fips

    Short review here. Short review here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    BookCrazy

    Have you heard about Anonymous and Wikileaks? What about Bitcoin and Blockchain? Do you know what a DDoS attack is? Sure, in this technological era, we have all heard someone mentioning one of this things. But how many of us can say that they truly understand how it works? Well, for those of you who are interested in the subject but don't really know where to begin this is the perfect book. If you are like me, who at the mention of "escrow" thinks "what animal is that?", this book is the perfect p Have you heard about Anonymous and Wikileaks? What about Bitcoin and Blockchain? Do you know what a DDoS attack is? Sure, in this technological era, we have all heard someone mentioning one of this things. But how many of us can say that they truly understand how it works? Well, for those of you who are interested in the subject but don't really know where to begin this is the perfect book. If you are like me, who at the mention of "escrow" thinks "what animal is that?", this book is the perfect place to start in your learning process because it gives detailed descriptions of all key elements. It also has a lot of examples and famous cases like Snowden and Manning. I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants to know a bit more about the internet, as it explains the inner workings of the Deep Web and the Dark Net (with a few instructions thrown in for good measure).

  12. 5 out of 5

    GONZA

    Interesting and very scary book. I finally understand a little bit more about the dark net and what happens there. I would really love to take a tour, but it seems pretty dangerous. Libro molto interessante che mette anche paura. Finalmente ho capito qualcosa di piú della dark net e cosa ci succede e ora mi piacerebbe proprio farci un giro, ma magari evito. THANKS TO NETGALLEY FOR THE PREVIEW!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Strom

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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