Sunday, June 08, 2014

What I am reading 6/8/2014

Quartz - The most important nine charts of a giant week for the global economy



Medium - 21 things you should be aware of before moving to Boise

Maybe it should be 22, some whiny idiot who writes incredibly stupid whiny articles lives there.

Books

Operation Desolation by Mark Russinovich -

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 appear at a conference that has invited an Anonymous representative as well. And Jeff’s about to discover that the hacker outfit plans to bring their fight offline--and into the real world.

This is a reread since I just read Rogue Code, the latest in Russinovich's Jeff Aiken series, as with the other entries in that series this is a pretty solid story.  The story flows well, the plot at it's most basic is plausible, and it was effective in using a fictionalized version of the HBGary attack, committed by LulzSec as a backdrop, it also was somewhat prescient in it's prediction of the insider threat that contractors pose - as shown by the Snowden incident.  In this story as in all Russinovich's fiction it's weakest point is Jeff's interaction with other people.  It isn't that it's horribly written, it's not or I wouldn't read the books, it just feels a little stilted and stiff, but not horribly so.  Overall I would give this story (and the entire series) 4 out of 5 stars.

The Hacker Playbook - This will probably be ongoing for awhile since this is one of those books that you don't just sit down and read straight thru.  Lots of interesting information though.


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