[ISN] REVIEW: "Cyber Crime, How to Protect Yourself...Criminals"

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Date: Fri Jan 22 1999 - 23:08:11 PST

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    "Cyber Crime, How to Protect Yourself from Computer Criminals", 
    Laura E. Quarantiello, 0-936653-74-4, U$16.95
    %A   Laura E. Quarantiello
    %C   P.O. Box 493, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
    %D   1996
    %E   n/a
    %G   0-936653-74-4
    %I   Tiare Publications/Limelight Books
    %O   U$16.95
    %P   141 p.
    %T   "Cyber Crime, How to Protect Yourself from Computer Criminals"
    Part One: 
    Chapter One - 'Terrorism On Line: Inside Comptuer Crime': Chapter one
    opens with defining computer crime, and does a decent (and fair)  job of
    defining why hackers hack. "In the end, it all comes down to one of those
    six reasons." 
    Chapter Two - 'Computer Criminals and their Crimes: Digital Outlaws': 
    Starting out with 'phreaking', the author gives a brief history of hackers
    and the phone systems. Unfortunately, a serious lack of research shines
    through in this chapter, where a list of "phreaker boxes" is quoted. It
    has been well established that a majority of these boxes never worked, and
    were litle more than wishful thinking by hackers with little knowledge of
    the phone system. The rest of the chapter delves into different aspects of
    hacking and how hackers evolved. 
    Chapter Three - 'Cyber-Sneezes: Viruses': As with most computer security
    books, this is the token chapter on computer Viruses.
    Chapter Four - 'The Darkest Side to Computer Crime: Threats to Your
    Personal Safety and Property': Chapter four begins by giving contrast
    between crime and virtual crime. One admirable feature is the
    clarification that not all online pedestrians will be mugged by
    cybercriminals. Unfortunately, a good portion of the chapter deals with
    'stalking', pornography, and child pornography, which seems out of place
    in contrast with other sections. 
    Part Two: 
    Chapter Five - 'Cyber Security: Foiling Computer Criminals and Staying
    Safe': This chapter suffers the problem of trying to squeeze too much
    information into a small place. Writing about how to secure your systems
    should take books. Starting out with the idea of 'weak links', they
    abruptly end after two and move into other non-numbered categories. While
    a decent effort, it brings its failure upon itself by trying. 
    Chapter Six - 'Cyber-Cops: Walking the Digital Beat': Much to the dismay
    of law enforcement, this chapter paints a relatively accurate picture of
    the state of comptuer crime and law enforcement's ability to deal with it.
    (Considering when the book was written). Toward the end of the section,
    contact info for CERT and the advice to call the FBI is given. The exact
    organizations the author found lacking. 
    Overview: For a 100 page, 1 hour read, this book does a better than
    average job of portraying computer crime. Despite the handful of errors,
    the author gives a fair overview of computer crime, hackers, and law
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