The Death of the Internet

The Death of the Internet Imagine life without electricity. although most of humankind has managed just well without electricity, its loss would certainly impact society most profoundly. Now imagine that hundreds of thousands of criminals all over the world could make a quick profit by doing something that — little by little — killed the electric infrastructure. And that politically adversarial individuals and governments could speed up this looming catastrophe if they wanted to. It is terrible to imagine. And yet, it is a very real threat.

The Death of the Internet

Fraud poses a significant threat to the Internet. 1.5% of all online advertisements attempt to spread malware. This lowers the willingness to view or handle advertisements, which will severely affect the structure of the web and its viability. It may also destabilize online commerce. In addition, the Internet is increasingly becoming a weapon for political targets by malicious organizations and governments. This book will examine these and related topics, such as smart phone based web security. This book describes the basic threats to the Internet (loss of trust, loss of advertising revenue, loss of security) and how they are related. It also discusses the primary countermeasures and how to implement them.

A holistic look at the vast landscape of Internet security—past, present, and future

A major attack on the Internet could wreak havoc on society—bringing down telephony, banking, business, government, media, and the energy grid. This book addresses the growing threats to the Internet from different sources, offering in-depth guidance on how to combat them on both desktop and mobile platforms.

Edited by a specialist in holistic security with contributions from experts in industry and academia, The Death of the Internet presents a unique, cross-disciplinary approach to Internet security. It goes beyond computer science to explore its social and psychological components, discussing politically motivated attacks, human error, and criminal tendencies.

The Death of the Internet:

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  • Covers topics of Internet security, online fraud, phishing, and malware
  • Explores the growing need for dedicated smartphone Internet security
  • Describes how security threats can result in loss of trust and advertising revenues
  • Outlines proven countermeasures and explains how to implement them using real-world examples
  • Reviews state-of-the-art research and future trends in Internet security

Geared to non-technical readers and experts alike, the book clearly explains the general concepts of Internet security for managers and decision-makers and provides engineers and industry professionals with detailed instructions on how to develop effective designs with security in mind.

Paperback: 392 pages ; Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Pr; 1 edition (July 17, 2012)

MARKUS JAKOBSSON, PhD, is Principal Scientist for Consumer Security at PayPal. He is the founder of the security startups RavenWhite and FatSkunk and has held positions at Palo Alto Research Center, RSA Laboratories, and Bell Labs. The editor of RSA’s technical newsletter CryptoBytes, Dr. Jakobsson holds numerous U.S. patents, has published more than 100 articles, and authored and edited several books, including Phishing and Countermeasures: Understanding the Increasing Problem of Electronic Identity Theft (Wiley). He has been interviewed on the subjects of phishing and crimeware on NPR, BBC, and other high-profile media outlets.