Book review: Worm: The First Digital World War

Worm: The First Digital World War tracks the Conficker virus from its discovery in November 2008.

The various strains are charted and the efforts of The Cabal (a group of security experts who are battling the virus from causing problems) are explained. There is lots of detail about the steps they take. Whilst some knowledge of computers would probably be beneficial because there are some very advanced concepts involved, they are explained, although there were a few occasions I felt as though I didn’t completely understand what was happening. The book shows the admiration The Cabal has for the creator(s) of Conficker and that only a partial victory has been claimed; whilst Conficker has not done anything of note, it is still on infecting computers and infecting new ones and would be able to do something one day.

Rating (out of 5): ****


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