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Operation Desolation: A Short Story (Jeff Aiken)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  290 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
A thought-provoking new short story from the acclaimed author of Zero Day and Trojan Horse.

Challenging Anonymous is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. But the CEO of a major investment firm has done just that, and now cyber security expert Jeff Aiken has to try to protect the company from its leader's mistakes. The timing couldn't be worse, as Jeff is scheduled to
ebook, 32 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Jan 26, 2014 Ingo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started January 25th, 2014.
This is a shorty/Novella, so expect to finish it soon.
Very good, highly recommended.
Even in this short tale, believable persons, settings (a conference on cyber-security) and implications very real.
Also, with the inclusion of Anonymous and the discussion about their actions shows both sides of a story and some background.
The methods for intrusion are spot on.
Maybe not for the layman without computer knowledge, but these should take away the feeling of how light even s
Andrew Garfield
Sep 07, 2012 Andrew Garfield rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A short story on a cyber incident. While reading this story, I thought of it as a case study in how to handle an event. The story was not that deep, but it was a good idea. It got me thinking about writing similar short stories for training about cyber security and warfare.
Not a bad little read. I kind of like seeing little novellas like this, where it's part of an ongoing series, but it's a smaller case or adventure or whatever the situation entails. It seems to me to add to the overall realism of the world. The notion that these people exist outside of these huge thriller stories with extremely high stakes makes them feel like more realistic and fleshed out characters. It cost 99 cents, which is probably the maximum it is worth at only 67 pages. It kept me enter ...more
Andrew Connell
Jun 02, 2014 Andrew Connell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good... Very short but very good.
Kent Chen
Sep 13, 2012 Kent Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Half the book is the first chapter of Mark's Trojan Horse, the second book of Zero Day, which leaves this book is way too short to enjoy.

The other half of the book is about how Jeff nailed down a hacker using a trick of a smart use of DHCP.'s a bit too short, and the case is not sophisticated enough to make you too excited.

But still, it's from Mark Russinovich, a guy behind many cool awesome tools that many of the IT pro can't live without. Worth spending an hour or two to read.
After having read his two novels (Zero Day and Trojan Horse) I finally came around to also read his short story, which kind of lies in between. As already said its quite short (just the first half of the book is actually the story itself), but nevertheless its clearly written in the same style as his novels.

The case itself is not too exciting, but as a real fan of "Jeff Aiken" I enjoyed it quite much and definitively would recommend this to everyone who has also read one of his novels.
Oct 18, 2014 Pcdoctorswr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical ebook single, what I refer as a half book, ex 2.5 in series. Actual size was 37 pages. Just a teaser until the next book is out.
Sep 07, 2012 Miguel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Russinovich

Enjoyable short story.. should be read after reading his first novel Zero Day: A Novel since this takes places one year after it.
Expected something better from Mark Russinovich
Jul 20, 2013 Veganjay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining read - but a pretty significant technical error - hotels typically use DHCP that uses NAT, and issues private IP addresses; the outside web server would have logged the public IP address (one that everyone at the hotel shared)
Nov 15, 2012 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A little too predictable and nothing really more than an advertisement for his new book Trojan Horse.
Jeff Patterson
Dec 05, 2012 Jeff Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but I enjoyed it. Can't say too much as it would give away the story.
Bob Southwell
Jan 28, 2013 Bob Southwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good teaser for Trojan Horse
Dave Umrysh
Aug 21, 2012 Dave Umrysh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, but very fun.
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Mark Russinovich is a Technical Fellow in Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud operating system group. Russinovich is a widely recognized expert in Windows operating system internals as well as operating system architecture and design.

Russinovich joined Microsoft when Microsoft acquired Winternals software, the company he cofounded in 1996 and where he worked as Chief Software Architect. He is also c
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Other Books in the Series

Jeff Aiken (3 books)
  • Zero Day (Jeff Aiken #1)
  • Trojan Horse  (Jeff Aiken #2)
  • Rogue Code  (Jeff Aiken #3)

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