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Kingpin is a journey into an underworld of startling scope and power, one in which ordinary American teenagers work hand in hand with murderous Russian mobsters and where a simple Wi-Fi connection can unleash a torrent of gold worth millions.

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The word spread through the hacking underground like some unstoppable new virus: Someone—some brilliant, audacious crook—had just staged a hostile takeover of an online criminal network that siphoned billions of dollars from the U.S. economy.

The FBI rushed to launch an ambitious undercover operation aimed at tracking down this new kingpin. Other agencies around the world deployed dozens of moles and double agents. Together, the cybercops lured numerous unsuspecting hackers into their clutches. Yet at every turn, their main quarry displayed an uncanny ability to sniff out their snitches and see through their plots.

The culprit they sought was the most unlikely of criminals: a brilliant programmer with a hippie ethic and a supervillain's double identity. Together with a smooth-talking con artist, he ran a massive real-world crime ring.

"[A] brisk and entertaining tale." ---The New York Times

"A compelling ride." ---Kirkus

"Poulsen renders the hacker world with such virtual reality that readers will have difficulty logging off until the very end." ---Publishers Weekly


How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground

Author Kevin Poulsen

Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer

Publication date Feb 17, 2015

Running time 8 hrs 8 min

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