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Author: Misha Glenny Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780307966759
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"This extraordinarily powerful book demonstrates how utterly we lack the shared supranational tools needed to fight cybercrime. Essential reading." --Roberto Saviano, author of Gommorah

The benefits of living in a digital, globalized society are enormous; so too are the dangers. The world has become a law enforcer’s nightmare and every criminal’s dream. We bank online; shop online; date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world? Have we become complacent about our personal security—sharing our thoughts, beliefs and the details of our daily lives with anyone who might care to relieve us of them?
In this fascinating and compelling book, Misha Glenny, author of the international best seller McMafia, explores the three fundamental threats facing us in the twenty-first century: cybercrime, cyberwarfare and cyberindustrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars each year fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible and often supersmart new breed of criminal: the hacker.
Glenny has traveled and trawled the world. By exploring the rise and fall of the criminal website DarkMarket he has uncovered the most vivid, alarming and illuminating stories. Whether JiLsi or Matrix, Iceman, Master Splynter or Lord Cyric; whether Detective Sergeant Chris Dawson in Scunthorpe, England, or Agent Keith Mularski in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Glenny has tracked down and interviewed all the players—the criminals, the geeks, the police, the security experts and the victims—and he places everyone and everything in a rich brew of politics, economics and history.
The result is simply unputdownable. DarkMarket is authoritative and completely engrossing. It’s a must-read for everyone who uses a computer: the essential crime book for our times. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • DarkMarket tells you things your mind will have difficulty believing. Twenty-first-century crime is utterly different from anything you've heard about from the media or anyone else. In DarkMarket, Misha Glenny explains the world of cybercrime. You'll think you're inside a hallucinatory science-fiction novel—but it's all true! Over the last two years Misha Glenny met the criminals of the Internet and the people who try to catch them. Everywhere—from the U.S. to Ukraine, via France, Germany and Turkey. This extraordinarily powerful book tells the story of how modern crime knows no borders, how shadowy it is, how impossible to combat. You will realize how these crimes touch your life and your children's lives without your ever noticing it. And this study of Internet crime, like Glenny's book on the international mafia, demonstrates how utterly we lack the shared supranational tools needed to fight it. Like McMafia, DarkMarket is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the world we live in. And you'd better go in with your eyes open. Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorra
  • A complex, eye-opening account of cybercrime…Scary reading. Kirkus
  • Glenny’s got an outstanding cast to work with: Before the story is over, Turkish military intelligence agents, the Tamil Tigers, members of the Saudi royal family, and the brother of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer all make appearances. Stieg Larsson and his tales of sleepy Scandinavian hackers start to look vapid in comparison…an eminently readable, witty narrative that sustains suspense until the very last pages. Wall Street Journal
  • Glenny accomplishes the herculean task of converting cryptic and tangled information into short, gripping chapters that often read like a high-tech thriller (complete with a surprise ending). Publishers Weekly
  • America and its western allies are spending billions to perfect future cyber war capability, but Misha Glenny tells us that cyber crime is right here and has been for years—hiding in plain sight. Glenny's account of the international police hunt for a hacker known as Cha0, one of the most successful cyber criminals of our time, should be required reading for the world's cyber war generals. Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker
  • The interlocking series of websites, organizations and individuals that [Glenny’s] industry has uncovered make for a truly remarkable story…he has succeeded in illuminating much that was hidden. This is an early, at times magnificent pass at a new world, which will grow greatly as our lives become ever more entangled with the web. Financial Times
  • About 50 pages into DarkMarket I walked to my laptop to make sure my antivirus software had done its overnight checks. It was a tribute, of sorts, to Glenny, a British specialist in organized crime, who I think has written the most engaging tale of cops and robbers in cyberspace since The Cuckoo's Egg, Cliff Stoll's engaging account of a computer break-in…[Glenny] has brought the threats home with the force of an approaching typhoon. San Francisco Chronicle

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 2/18/2014

    " Dark Market just isn't as good as Misha Glenny's previous book McMafia. That was a roller coaster ride through the world of organised crime, funny and shocking. Dark Market is more of a short road trip to an unpleasant place populated by weird characters. The basic story is reasonably interesting (though hardly what I would call riveting) - the rise and fall of website that acted as a focal point for credit card hacking - and some of the characters are colourful enough in their own right. But, overall, the writing doesn't sparkle as much as McMafia, and it just can't hold your interest to the same level. If you enjoyed McMafia, or are interested in cybercrime this isn't a bad read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/13/2014

    " Very interesting read on the dark side of the cyber world- history of hacking, the key players, and the future. Intense and funny at times, gives you perspective on an otherwise obscure topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruno | 2/10/2014

    " Fascinating description of the world of cyber crime, illuminated through the attempts to infiltrate the card skimming website DarkMarket and to arrest and prosecute 'some' of its members and administrators. Really scary implications for those of us who use debit, credit or other cards regulary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 2/3/2014

    " The book "DarkMarket, Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You" by Misha Glenny brilliantly shows the dark cyber world in the internet realm. Misha Glenny uses uncanny accuracy in shedding light on the scenes behind the forums and sites that computer hackers dwell. I enjoyed playing Dungeon and Dragons while a teen. This dark world parallels Dungeon and Dragons in many ways. It does in that Dungeon and Dragon players are portrayed through their chosen characters as the cyberthieves are portrayed through their avatars on the hacker forums. I moved up the Dungeon and Dragon game hierarchy to become a Dungeon Master, which would parallel in this dark world as an administrator to site DarkMarket. This book is an easy read because the storyline is so interesting and compelling. There are many characters in this book, so it will be confusing at times trying to keep up with all of them. My favorite was 'Max Vision' aka Iceman. His story alone could be a source for a second book. Misha Glenny's work shows in his sewing together all of the storylines into a ending conclusion epilogue. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duane | 2/2/2014

    " A very interesting read with many intriguing insights into the underworld of cyber-crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/27/2014

    " Written like a thriller. More scary though as it is true! Well worth a read if you are interested in internet stories and crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amar | 1/24/2014

    " Pretty much the exact same book as Kingpin . I mean, really similar, to the point where Glenny should be embarrassed. What's the point of retreading the exact same ground? Maybe it's just a coincidence, but the gap in publication date is big enough that DarkMarket includes Kingpin in its bibliography! And Glenny doesn't bring anything new to the table. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eryn | 1/19/2014

    " Well written and engaging as well as alarming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 12/31/2013

    " An enjoyable, easy read that makes you think... if you hadn't already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saddie | 12/30/2013

    " I think everyone should read this. EVERYONE "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeni | 12/4/2013

    " It's an interesting book. Done similar to Michael Lewis, it tracks two Investigations into cyber crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/2/2013

    " Good read for those interested in computers. Excellent investigative journalism but could probably have been told in a more coherent manner with less suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jer | 11/22/2013

    " I thought that this book was really interesting. It opens up your eyes to what has been happening in the cyber world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cezar | 10/4/2013

    " The rise and fall of DarkMarket and their administrators. Easy reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 6/29/2013

    " Decent enough book. Makes you want to avoid using your credit cards ever again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/20/2013

    " Fascinating book. I found the cast of characters a bit confusing, though, so I sometimes had the feeling of losing the plot. I liked reviews of this book by Xing and Gerald Sinstadt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas | 3/28/2013

    " Very interesting material. Mediocre writing. Worth it if you're interesting in cybercrime or organized crime. Not if you're just looking for a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 3/4/2013

    " Enjoyed but preferred Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground which had access to major players and provided an accurate representation of events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BAKU | 12/4/2012

    " Lot of things I didn't know about. ( IAACA : International Association for the Advancement of Criminal Activity ... ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 7/23/2012

    " Tell me again why credit cards and direct deposits are a good idea? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 6/30/2012

    " For nonfiction it reads like a novel. Great format, great pacing. Not only is the hacking world documented in detail but some of the major players are vividly brought to life under Misha Glenny's deft touch. Really fine writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H | 5/8/2012

    " The book focused specifically on card-skimming, the websites that promoted it and the main players. Thus it was well focused but not what the title promises. And quite frankly, grew boring as one quickly understands that cyber thieves are as boring as the non-criminal computer geek. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 2/2/2012

    " Scary insight into today's cyber crimes. Coincidentally, I finished reading this the day I was notified by my insurance company that my identity was compromised due to theft of back up tapes. What's next? Who's a whole new world of unknown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eryn | 10/29/2011

    " Well written and engaging as well as alarming. "

About the Author

Misha Glenny is the author of DarkMarket, McMafia, The Rebirth of History, The Fall of Yugoslavia (which won the Overseas Press Club Award in 1993 for Best Book on Foreign Affairs), and The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Power, 1804-1999. He was a BBC Central Europe correspondent and has been regularly consulted by the US and European governments on major policy issues.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cowley, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries. He is also an active television and film actor who has appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, Veep, and WestWorld.