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Rogue Code

(Jeff Aiken #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,093 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Michael Lewis' Flash Boys revealed how high-frequency trading has created a ruthless breed of traders capable of winning whichever way the market turns. In Rogue Code, Mark Russinovich takes it one step further to show how their grip on high finance makes the stock market vulnerable to hackers who could bring about worldwide financial collapse.

Cyber security expert Jeff Ai
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Vicki Elia
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Although I've enjoyed Russinovich's books in the past, Rogue Code left me feeling like I'd just had a Cartesian join induced migraine. As an old retired techie who's married to a family of Hedge Fund techies and Wall Street brokers, I understood Rogue's complicated narrative. But a reader without this exposure would most likely stop reading -- fast. There are other issues with the book: The intricate relating of how the technology and high-frequency trading works is repeated far
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
So at this point in the series (book 3), I really thought my review for this one was going to mirror my review for Mark Russinovich's first two books in the Jeff Aiken series. And for some parts it will. Just to summarize my thoughts... The Jeff Aiken series suffers from two main flaws. First, it's a series written for and by computer geek(s). Much of the story is heavily based on computers and cyber security. Unfortunately when you think about it, and look (realistically) about how real cyber s ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an enjoyable book. It is full of a lot of action. I especially enjoyed the parts about computer hacking. I didn't learn as much as I thought I would. Much of what is in this book I already knew and I can say that it represented it accurately. However there were some new things I didn't know. I found the parts about High Frequency Trading (HFT) very interesting as well. I don't know much about that, though I'm sure I've encountered some of that in my trading activities, and wondered abou ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was a little scary because it is so plausible. The security in most computer systems is not great. Mark Russinovich has been on the inside of various large systems and understands the threats. He writes about the penetration and the hidden code fairly accurately. It is a fun book with good pacing and lots of action. The adventures that Jeff Aiken get himself involved in are getting a little more far fetched with each new novel. I still enjoy the writing style and pace of the novel.
Jason Copenhaver
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not as good as the other two. I felt like it was just a ton of exposition. Beating a dead horse. I'm pretty sure at least one paragraph showed up twice.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no
I'm not really sure why I decided to read this but it was pretty boring
Elwin Kline
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: tech
The conclusion of the Jeff Aiken series, Rogue Code continues the same model as the other two previous books Zero Day and Trojan Horse by providing a light reading approach with easy to consume entertainment.

The same thing I said in my Trojan Horse review, these books are "popcorn."

Rogue Code was a lot of fun, I would say based off of the previous description above and my expectations, a solid 3/5.

The story is predictable, the characters are cliche, you know exactly how it's going to end befo
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
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Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The story is interesting and the technical details are refreshingly accurate for the most part. The narrator (audible) is weak, with occasional misplaced or unnecessary pauses. The action parts of the book are formulaic and predictable, and there are a couple of characters who are stereotypical idiots, both of which hurt the story.
Neil McGee
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book filled with much trading jargon.

Very interesting fictional account of the markets.

It seems we are on the cusp of a market crash after a historical 8+ year Bull run.

David Williams
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need more books from Mark. These are great!!!
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
felt like I was being patronised for much of this book. terrible end to the trilogy.
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Another book on cyber security. This one had a totally different twist - the bad guys hacking into Wall Street & planning to siphon off billions of dollars through undetected hidden code. ...more
Erin Templeton
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Again, the writing is meh. But I am now kinda grossed out about how much of our world we have surrendered to computers.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
As much as I liked the other Jeff Aiken novels, this one just seemed to struggle to focus and the conflict took too long to come out and wasn't that interesting once it finally got moving.
Justas Butkus
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technical details are sometimes skimmed in favor of pace elevation, but overall a nice read involving spies turned SecOps.
Thomas Duff
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rogue Code
Mark Russinovich

I really like how how Mark Russinovich mixes computer technology and spy/techno/action thriller material together in his novels. His latest, Rogue Code, continues his string of great reads, especially for those of us who are computer geeks.

Russinovich takes on a hot topic currently in the news... high-frequency trading in the stock market. He uses it to build a story based on his main character, cyber-security expert Jeff Aiken. Aiken and his partner are called in to d
Tex Reader
4.0 – Well-Written, Scary Depiction of Vulnerable Electronic Trading.

This was a well written, fairly fast paced techno-thriller depicting the scary possibilities of computerized trading and cybersecurity being exploited by super-hacks and HFT (High Frequency Trading). Speaking as a computer user but no expert, I was drawn in by the technology as well as the plot and characters.

This was my first Jeff Aiken novel, but it works well as a stand-alone. The previous ones may have helped a bit in flesh
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Day-Trayders
Preordered this for Eur 12,99, this just over my selfset barrier of Eur 10 for most books.
But I really like his style regardless of the flaws. And this one is about high speed trading, which I just avoided during the first internet bubble and now I am slowly trading with part of my retirement money, so I still have some stocks and try to stay current with the IT / Tech News.
While no Day-Traiding expert, I know terms like IPO and have a basic understanding of the stock-market, NYSE and NASDAQ whi
Dave Ruedeman
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mark Russinovich , for those who don’t know, is a software engineer and Entrepreneur. He is the founder of Winternals. This is a site which supplied various helpful utilities for Windows Admins and Users. I’ve used of their Utilities like BGINFO and FILEMON. Microsoft acquired Winternals and renamed it Sysinternals.

So , in my world, Mark is a pretty famous guy with some pelts on his horse. I didn’t know that he was also an author.

I believe that Rogue Code is part of a series of books. However,
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Luke Shillabeer
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mark is still writing fantastic cyber-thriller-action'ie books.

The use of technology and detailed description of how computer-experts would go about performing a penetration-test, finding exploits and all manner of other geeky behaviour are fantastic. It's nice to be able to read a book that semi-closely relates to the real computing world.

This, the third of the Jeff Aiken novels, suffers however from having characters make decisions and act in ways that don't fit with the mould previously craf
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rogue Code was an engaging techno-thriller with believable technology, characters and plot. Mark Russinovich painted a scary scenario of how vulnerable our computer trading is, and he does it with straightforward style and clearly explaining the technology involved.

Russinovich did a good job of bringing us along on the plot, maybe slowed just a bit early on to bring us up to speed. The characters were fairly well developed, even the bad guys, although as you might expect action did pretty much o
Julie Salinas
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: won-book, arc
At first I felt like I was in class again, you know when your teacher drones on about a subject you marginally have interest in and you start to fade out a bit. There is a great deal of detail about programming, the stock exchange, and other computer jargon-wargon that a reader like me isn't quite interested in. I understand that this is the backdrop of the story, but until the first third of the book I was not truly vested into the story or the characters. I do like stories where there are trul ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Mark Russinovich outdone himself with this sequel to "Trojan Horse". Every technical aspect of this fictional work is totally realistic and not too far fetched given that currently High-Frequency-Trading is really going on. Personally I'm still thinking that the protagonists are too heroical. Not only do they save the world (once again) with their technical skills, but also do they start off and win a physical conflict with a Brazilian crime cartel, which is just a little bit too much ...more
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Eric Doyle
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Again, Mark Russinovich is one of the few who know enough about computers and programming to write realistic fiction. The girl with the dragon tattoo is good entertainment, but if you take your time to enjoy this book you will understand that most computer related stuff in fiction books are just fiction. This book is realistic and it's based on how stuff works, but it's still a very good story.

Thanks Mark Russinovich, it's truly hard to turn geeky nerdy stuff into a page turner, you have done i
William Crosby
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
The most disturbing aspect of this book is the foreword written by an actual trader.

The book deals with NYSE, cybersecurity issues, high frequency trading and organized crime. Greed is the primary motivator.

Perhaps because coding is complicated, this book took way too long building up to the basic premise. There was way too much explanation. It got tedious. Then, once it was explained, there was no mystery: just chasing and running with most of the action taking place in the final 40 pages.
Wesley Hisao
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Rogue Code is supposed to be the latest in the Jeff Aiken series but the Jeff Aiken character played second-fiddle to his partner, Frank in this story. I have not read the previous books in the Jeff Aiken series. I hope they are better than Rogue Code. I was drawn to this book because I have a background in computer security and I’m writing a novel in this genre but this story was as much about shady stock transactions as it was about computer hacking. I was frankly bored by the characters based ...more
I enjoyed Rogue Code, even though it's half text book and half thriller. Mr. Russinovich is getting better at combining his academic interests with his fiction instincts, but he's not at Daniel Suarez/Michael Crichton levels yet. What does come across well is his incredulous anger at how shoddy computer security is in the US and what a danger it poses to large computer systems. This time his target is the NYSE and the HFT traders that ply their algorithms there.

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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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