Worm by Mark Bowden
The First Digital World War

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13 Critic Reviews

Although Worm is a more important topic, this book falls short of Mr. Bowden’s compelling storytelling in Blackhawk Down. His characters are never as compellingly drawn...
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Synopsis

From the author of Black Hawk Down comes the story of the battle between those determined to exploit the internet and those committed to protect it—the ongoing war taking place literally beneath our fingertips.

The Conficker worm infected its first computer in November 2008 and within a month had infiltrated 1.5 million computers in 195 countries. Banks, telecommunications companies, and critical government networks (including the British Parliament and the French and German military) were infected. No one had ever seen anything like it. By January 2009 the worm lay hidden in at least eight million computers and the botnet of linked computers that it had created was big enough that an attack might crash the world. This is the gripping tale of the group of hackers, researches, millionaire Internet entrepreneurs, and computer security experts who united to defend the Internet from the Conficker worm: the story of the first digital world war.
 

About Mark Bowden

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Mark Bowden is a noted body language expert, master of non-verbal and verbal communication, and a leader in the techniques of influence. The creator of TruthPlane, a unique model of training for anyone who has to communicate to an audience, his techniques are used now by top executives and political leaders across the globe. Mark gained his university degree in performance in the UK, and studied the gesture control methods of Jacques Lecoq's Laboratory of Movement, Paris; he has worked with leading practitioners of movement psychology and built upon the influence techniques of Dr. Milton Erickson. He holds a reputation as one of the UK's expert performance trainers, lecturing on performance at Drama Academies and Universities throughout the UK and across the world including RADA, Oxford and Cambridge; he is a highly sought after trainer in business communication at Canadian Universities including McGill, and international top ten business school Schulich at York. His client list of leading business people and politicians currently includes presidents and CEO's of fortune 50 companies and a G8 Prime Minister.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 265 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Good
on Sep 15 2011

A brief, punchy reminder of our high-tech vulnerabilities.

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Guardian

Good
on Feb 29 2012

...even simplified for the lay reader, the elegance and audacity of the sparring between Conficker's still unknown creators and the "white hats" who set out to thwart them is gripping.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Sep 26 2011

Even the computer researchers have no way of knowing whether Conficker will set off “Cybarmageddon,” or will amount to no more than an elaborate April Fool’s joke.

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WSJ online

Below average
on Sep 29 2011

While Conficker is still out there, its actual effects have been minimal. Thus the race against the clock turns into an amorphous and inconclusive slog...

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
on Sep 27 2011

Although Worm is a more important topic, this book falls short of Mr. Bowden’s compelling storytelling in Blackhawk Down. His characters are never as compellingly drawn...

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Star Tribune

Above average
on Oct 22 2011

Bowden is a crusader here, portraying a universe populated with brilliant, self-sacrificing good guys, mistily menacing bad guys...And that idealized framework clouds readers' ability to discern just how much they should worry.

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The Seattle Times

Below average
on Oct 24 2011

The worst fears surrounding Conficker have yet to materialize. That's good for us but not so good for the book. Superheroes need supervillains. Otherwise, you've got The X-Men vs. Spam.

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Oregon Live

Good
on Oct 30 2011

Drawing on "The X-Men Chronicles" and "The Amazing X-Men" for a structure allows Bowden to give "Worm" a headlong, race-against-time-and-bad-guys adventure...

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PopMatters

Good
on Oct 20 2011

Worm is a solid although disquieting read for anyone with a stake in the Internet’s continued smooth functioning—and these days, isn’t that just about all of us?

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Independent.ie

Below average
on Mar 10 2012

Bowden manages to cut through the dry technicalities of such a complicated digital war but the book is undermined by the fact that so far Conficker has been a damp squib.

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Chicago Tribune

Below average
on Nov 14 2011

..."Worm" presents itself, unnecessarily, as a thriller with over-the-top writing and analysis.

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Business Week

Below average
on Sep 28 2011

The author does his best to maintain the story’s dramatic tension. But a combination of factors...all conspire to make “Worm” an oddly unsatisfying yarn.

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London Evening Standard

Below average
on Feb 23 2012

...digital doomsday, scheduled for April 1, 2009, passes without incident, leaving us none the wiser as to Conficker's intentions.

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