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Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet by Joseph Menn

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INTRODUCTION
WHEN I FIRST MET BARRETT LYON in 2004, I was covering Internet security for the Los Angeles Times from an office in San Francisco. His story was so good—and met a journalistic need so deep—that I had a hard time believing it was true.
For more than a year, I had been grappling with an onslaught of urgent but complicated stories. Seemingly every week brought a new computer virus that shot around the world. Many had real impact, shutting down large company networks or overstuffing mailboxes with spam until they started rejecting legitimate messages. Even so, the problems could be hard to explain before the deadline for the next day’s newspaper—especially if the viruses took advantage of obscure software holes in ways experts were ...

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