Counting from Zero

Counting from Zero

Alan B. Johnston

Thriller / Nonfiction

Can a security expert save the Internet from a catastrophic zero day cyber attack by a network of zombie computers known as a botnet? At what cost? Unfolding across three continents, this techno thriller written by an Internet expert is packed with easy-to-understand insights into how computers and the Internet work, and how you can be more secure online.
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Returning to Zero (Mick O'Malley Series Book 2)

Returning to Zero (Mick O'Malley Series Book 2)

Alan B. Johnston

Thriller / Nonfiction

The fight for control of the massive Zed.Kicker botnet continues in Returning to Zero, the sequel to the explosive technothriller Counting from Zero that introduced Mick O’Malley and his unlikely hacker friends. The ultimate weapon of the Internet arms race is the botnet, short for a robot network of compromised computers. Control of a botnet gives the power to threaten individuals, organizations, and even nation states by launching punishing denial of service attack targeting commerce, public safety, and security. Mick O’Malley is a former security consultant, now hiding out in Australia under an alternative identity. Mick learns startling news about the events that turned his life upside down in Kiev six months previously. As Mick loses control of the botnet, he is drawn into a new global adventure. Across four continents, Mick tracks the shadowy exploit writer who now controls the botnet, evading governments and cybercriminals alike. Whom should Mick trust: a compromised intelligence asset, a whistle-blowing government insider, a flighty open source privateer, a returned-from-retirement military operative, or a smuggler on the high seas? Returning to Zero gives a dramatically realistic view of the ongoing struggle to secure today’s Internet from botnets, cyber criminal networks, and malicious nation-state actors.
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