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Worm by Mark Bowden
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Oct 24, 11

bookshelves: first-reads, hardcover, swapped
Read from September 16 to October 23, 2011, read count: 1

Who could have imagined that the entire Internet almost went poof and no one really knew or cared about it? But it did, and the fact remains that it could still happen today, or tomorrow, or in 100 years from now. This book details the effort to stop and contain the biggest and most potentially destructive computer worm ever to hit the Internet. Dubbed Conficker the worm has infected millions of computers around the world, and it was being fought by a small group of computer programmers who could not get anyone else to take them seriously. Because the Internet is such a vague concept that only few people understand, it is hard for people to become alarmed about a threat to it. Wars and bombs we can understand, but some kind of worm that can kill the Internet doesn't really register. Yet obviously we know that Conficker did not destroy the Internet, we're all using it right now.

Ultimately I found this book very engaging. I found myself anxious to read the next page to see if on the prescribed date Conficker became something malevolent and destroyed the whole Internet! Even though rationally I knew that didn't happen, I was anxious about it anyway. The technical gargon was simplified as much as possible and made it easy to understand. And in the end I was left with a sense of dread, knowing that this worm still exists...it is still out there infecting computers, and ultimately it could still do something damaging. It just hasn't....so far.

Note: I received this book through Goodreads First Reads program.
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10/15/2011 page 55
19.0% "so far the techy details are making my eyes glaze over, but I want to like it!"
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