Tangled Web: Tales of Digital Crime from the Shadows of Cyberspace

Tangled Web is an informative read, and certainly has widespread appeal, from the consumer who is concerned about misuse of their credit card details on the Internet to IT professionals looking to protect their corporate networks. As this book demonstrates, the depth and severity of IT security issues should not be taken lightly.

The true extent and cost of cyber crime, as the book suggests, can only be hinted at: like many crimes, the percentage of perpetrators brought to justice and quantified is usually only the tip of the iceberg. These costs are only suggested at in the book's computer crime and security survey, which indicates that 74 per cent of the respondents had incurred costs due to intrusion.

The book also highlights the various types of the cyberspace crimes, from hackers to software piracy. The severity and damage that individuals can do varies incredibly. The recent Love Bug virus has been estimated to have cost companies and individuals around $US700 million worldwide in lost data and information. Although these figures paint a grim picture of Internet security, Power does provide some positive and useful advice for organisations, including a guide based on how many employees a company has.

The problems that arise from bringing thieves and hackers to justice are also addressed.

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