Counting from Zero by Alan B. Johnston

By Alan B. Johnston

Can a safety professional shop the net from a catastrophic 0 day cyber assault by means of a community of zombie desktops, often called a botnet? At what cost?

"Credible and plausible, this tale is informed through a topic professional. i couldn't wait to determine what occurred next." - Vint Cerf, net pioneer

"The probability to the net from worms, viruses, botnets, and zombie pcs is actual, and turning out to be. Counting from 0 is a smart method to arise to hurry at the alarming situation, and Johnston attracts you in along with his tale and plausible forged of characters."
- Phil Zimmermann, writer of beautiful strong privateness (PGP) the main prevalent e-mail encryption program

Today, each machine hooked up to the net is lower than consistent assault from viruses, worms, port scans, and unsolicited mail. protection execs regularly struggle to comprise newly unleashed cyber assaults, often called 'zero day' assaults, in basic terms to have new assaults introduced. hundreds of thousands of pcs have already succumbed, and, with no their owner's wisdom, became slave desktops - remotely managed 'zombies'. below the regulate of equipped crime and subsidized through international governments, those pcs are morphing into collections recognized within the as botnets, brief for robotic networks.

Internet defense specialist Mick O'Malley is the one person who acknowledges the growing to be hazard of the last word 0 day assault on the web from a major botnet, and his distinctive hacker abilities and community of peers let him to struggle again. extra cyber prep than cyber punk, Mick makes use of real-life instruments and strategies to encrypt all his communications, and makes use of those talents to damage the encryption utilized by the botnet. Mick makes use of encryption on a private point, too, having a number of passports and a number of names and identities. whereas crisscrossing the globe within the air, on land, and at sea investigating the danger, Mick turns into the objective of assaults on his recognition, his id, and eventually his life.

Along the best way, Mick meets Kateryna Petrescu, a stunning Romanian firewall professional. Mick's charm to Kateryna develops as they paintings heavily jointly and proportion the thrill and possibility. Why is the govt following Mick and attempting to intercept his communications? Can he cease the 0 day assault sooner than it really is unleashed? what is going to be the fee to Mick for his unmarried mindedness?

Unfolding throughout 3 continents, the hot cybercrime secret "Counting from Zero" offers a practical insider's view of the thrust and parry international of computing device defense and cryptography, and the very actual possibility of botnets.

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Moreover, the Russian Ministry was broadly considered a dumping ground for incompetent or disgraced diplomats. Russia's declaration of sovereignty in June 1990 and the subsequent appointment of Andrei Kozyrev as minister did not change much in the traditional relationship between the Union and the republic MFAs. However, with the dissolution of the Union, interrepublic talks abruptly assumed a new guise as negotiations between the sovereign states and the role of the Russian MFA accordingly increased dramatically.

However, with the decline of the Soviet-Russian empire and the ensuing anarchy, these conflicts floated back to the surface. Thus, Tajikistan has substantial territorial claims on Samarkand and Bukhara, which are currently part of Uzbekistan, there are disagreements about the division of water resources between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan is apprehensive of Kazakhstan's territorial ambitions and so on. The territorial disputes in Caucasus are much more serious. The conflicts in Georgia (Abkhazia) and between Armenia and Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabak) have only cooled (relatively) down because of Russian intervention (Russia has intervened militarily in Georgia and has supported Azerbaijan's 'new' political regime).

Turkey is, culturally speaking, the dominant actor in the region. As noted above, all the Central Asian republics, with the exception of Tajikistan, as well as Azerbaijan (and Nakhichevan) in Caucasus, are of Turkish culture and language. This soft power provides Turkey a significant influence. However, cultural ties between Turkey and Central Asia are not the only explanation for their particular relationship. These cultural ties have been used by Turkey for its own economic expansion into Central Asia.

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