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The word spread through the hacking underground like some unstoppable new virus: Someone - some brilliant, audacious crook - had just staged a hostile takeover of an online criminal network that siphoned billions of dollars from the U.S. economy. The FBI rushed to launch an ambitious undercover operation aimed at tracking down this new kingpin. Other agencies around the world deployed dozens of moles and double agents.
Together, the cybercops lured numerous unsuspecting hackers into their clutches. Yet at every turn, their main quarry displayed an uncanny ability to sniff out their snitches and see through their plots. The culprit they sought was the most unlikely of criminals: a brilliant programmer with a hippie ethic and a supervillain's double identity. Together with a smooth-talking con artist, he ran a massive real-world crime ring.
©2011 Kevin Poulsen (P)2015 Tantor
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"A compelling ride." (Kirkus)
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By WT on 04-04-15

Interesting & knowledgeable but lacks captivation

If you have already read/listened to 'ghost in the wire' then this book will fall short of your expectations. It is ok as a documentary /journalistic styled read.

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By Hijenks on 05-19-15

This should be a movie

I was absolutely enthralled Kingpen. Before listening to this book I never would have expected that, by the end, I would be rooting for Max Butler AKA Iceman. I knew he would inevitably get caught, and I don't support the crimes that he committed. But I really sympathized with him. He was a genius and could have easily become one of the most prominent figures in cyber security, protecting us all from the rampant cyber crime, if only our criminal justice system had treated him more fairly when he was younger. He serves as a reminder that the justice system can transform misguided youth who are innocent at heart into icemen if they are not careful. I would really like to see this story made into a movie. I just wish I could convince more people to read the book.

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31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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