"What Michael Lewis did for baseball in Moneyball, Renee Dudley and Daniel Golden do brilliantly for the world of ransomware and hackers. Cinematic, big in scope, and meticulously reported, this book is impossible to put down. Welcome to a brand-new world of geniuses, crooks, capers, and global intrigue that you’re already part of, and likely didn’t even know it.”
—DOUG STANTON, New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers
“Renee Dudley and Daniel Golden have burrowed into the digital underworld to reveal the unlikely heroes saving the rest of us from cyber chaos. The Ransomware Hunting Team is nonfiction with the narrative engine of a thriller.”
—MITCHELL ZUCKOFF, New York Times bestselling author of Fall and Rise and 13 Hours
“A deeply reported dive into the rising tide of digital exploitation gangs, their nefarious methods, and the scraggly band of volunteers fighting to keep us safe. Totally engrossing.”
—JULIA ANGWIN, author of Dragnet Nation
“Meet the white hats who unravel the baffling malware infesting our connected computers. Unsung and unpaid, these clever computer jocks rescue individuals, businesses, and governments.”
—CLIFF STOLL, author of The Cuckoo’s Egg
“The Ransomware Hunting Team is a tour de force of investigative reporting, with more twists, turns, and shadowy figures than any spy thriller. Renee Dudley and Daniel Golden take you deep inside the hidden universe of ransomware hackers and heroes—and some who may be both. It’s a breathtaking true tale that’s astonishing and disturbing—and irresistibly readable.”
—JOANNE LIPMAN, bestselling author of That’s What She Said and former editor in chief of USA Today
“Renee Dudley and Daniel Golden put flesh and bones on the 1s and 0s by decrypting the human stories of cyberattackers, their victims, and, most of all, the civilian sleuths around the world who’ve become unexpected superheroes of the cyber realm. This book is a must-read.”
—FRANK FIGLIUZZI, former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI and author of The FBI Way
“Readers will put down this engrossing underdog story just long enough to back up their own files.”
“White and black hats collide, and, as ProPublica reporters Dudley and Golden reveal, the unseen war between them shapes and shakes the world . . . An accessible, tautly written account of cyberwarfare in real time.”
“Journalists Dudley and Golden explore with verve and fascinating detail the assorted group of unpaid, self-taught experts in the U.S. and Europe who make it their duty to protect the innocent from ransomware . . . [They create] vivid portraits of several brilliant, occasionally socially awkward members of the loosely organized team . . . Anyone with internet access should find this intriguing, and a little horrifying.”
—MARGARET QUAMME, BOOKLIST
"Dudley and Golden are both respected journalists, and their writing reflects their acclaimed careers. With the pacing of an action-packed thriller, The Ransomware Hunting Team is loaded with page-turning moments . . . [This] is a book that should not be overlooked by anyone who wishes to better understand the complex cyberworld we inhabit."
—MICHAH CUMMINS, OPEN LETTERS REVIEW
"The ransomware business is complicated, ruthless and growing fast. Those looking for a guide should start here."
"[Dudley and Golden] weave a vast and intricate story about a global crime and the ragtag band of volunteers who have assembled to step in where law enforcement was unable or unwilling. Profiles of the ransomware hunters . . . push this book along at a swift pace, adding an interesting human element to a problem that can often seem impenetrable to outsiders. For anyone interested in the modern reality of global cyber-crime, this is a must-read."
"Dudley and Golden do a brilliant job of tracing the back-and-forth between attackers and defenders . . . The book offers lively portraits of these people . . . as it traces the evolution of ransomware into a more professionalized business for organized cartels."
—JOSEPHINE WOLFF, THE NEW YORK TIMES
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