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Inside the world of cybercrime

Former federal prosecutor David Locke Hall recounts the investigation and takedown of a $100 million cybercrime operation.

Sometimes a reader needs a good old-fashioned crime story. And if that story happens to be true, is told by a former intelligence officer and teaches a great deal about modern cybercrime, so much the better.

David Locke Hall's "CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate" recounts his role as a federal prosecutor in uncovering and ultimately shutting down an online marketplace selling stolen software that had military applications. The web of federal agencies that both collaborate and compete to fight online crime receive at least as much attention as the crime itself, but both aspects make the read worthwhile.

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN, as well as General Manager of Public Sector 360.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

Click here for previous articles by Schneider, or connect with him on Twitter: @troyschneider.


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