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Review: Cybercrime and the Dark Net by Cath Senker

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Title: Cybercrime and the Dark Net: Revealing the hidden underworld of the internet

Author: Cath Senker

Genre: Nonfiction, technology

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.

Rating: 4/5

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.

 

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