Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground

By Kevin Poulsen
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"Kingpin" by Kevin Poulsen is a gripping true crime book that delves into the captivating world of hacking and cybercrime. In this meticulously researched account, Poulsen traces the astonishing life of computer hacker Max Butler, also known as "Max Vision."

The story begins with Max's early experimentation with hacking, which eventually leads him to become a notorious figure in the hacking community. Max's insatiable curiosity and extraordinary technical skills enable him to carry out audacious cyberheists, including the theft of millions of credit card numbers. As his crimes escalate, Max becomes the target of law enforcement agencies determined to bring him down.

Poulsen skillfully explores the intricacies of Max's cat-and-mouse game with the FBI, highlighting the cutting-edge techniques employed by both sides. He expertly navigates the complexities of cybercrime investigations, detailing the challenges faced by law enforcement and the lengths they go to catch elusive hackers.

But "Kingpin" goes beyond a detailed account of Max's exploits; it examines the broader implications of cybercrime for individuals, corporations, and governments. Poulsen contextualizes Max's actions within a larger narrative of the darker side of cyberspace, shedding light on the vulnerabilities of our increasingly interconnected world.

With its fast-paced narrative and richly developed characters, "Kingpin" presents a compelling and chilling portrait of a master hacker's rise and fall. Poulsen's meticulous research and deep understanding of the subject matter make this a must-read for anyone interested in the fascinating world of cybercrime and the relentless pursuit of justice.
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