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Kevin Poulsen

Former hacker Kevin Poulsen has, over the past decade, built a reputation as one of the top investigative reporters on the cybercrime beat. In Kingpin, he pours his unmatched access and expertise into book form for the first time, delivering a gripping cat-and-mouse narrative—and an unprecedented view into the twenty-first century’s signature form of organized crime. 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 US 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. As prominent “white-hat” hacker Max “Vision” Butler, he was a celebrity throughout the programming world, even serving as a consultant to the FBI. But as the black-hat “Iceman,” he found in the world of data theft an irresistible opportunity to test his outsized abilities. He infiltrated thousands of computers around the country, sucking down millions of credit card numbers at will. He effortlessly hacked his fellow hackers, stealing their ill-gotten gains from under their noses. Together with a smooth-talking con artist, he ran a massive real-world crime ring. And for years, he did it all with seeming impunity, even as countless rivals ran afoul of police. Yet as he watched the fraudsters around him squabble, their ranks riddled with infiltrators, their methods inefficient, he began to see in their dysfunction the ultimate challenge: He would stage his coup and fix what was broken, run things as they should be run—even if it meant painting a bull’s-eye on his forehead. Through the story of this criminal’s remarkable rise, and of law enforcement’s quest to track him down, Kingpin lays bare the workings of a silent crime wave still affecting millions of Americans. In these pages, we are ushered into vast online-fraud supermarkets stocked with credit card numbers, counterfeit checks, hacked bank accounts, dead drops, and fake passports. We learn the workings of the numerous hacks—browser exploits, phishing attacks, Trojan horses, and much more—these fraudsters use to ply their trade, and trace the complex routes by which they turn stolen data into millions of dollars. And thanks to Poulsen’s remarkable access to both cops and criminals, we step inside the quiet, desperate arms race that law enforcement continues to fight with these scammers today. Ultimately, 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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Kevin Poulsen

L’ex hacker Kevin Poulsen si è costruito negli ultimi dieci anni una reputazione invidiabile come uno dei massimi giornalisti investigativi nel campo della criminalità digitale. In Kingpin riversa per la prima volta in forma di libro una conoscenza e un’esperienza diretta impareggiabili, consegnandoci la storia avvincente di un gioco del gatto col topo e una panoramica senza precedenti del nuovo e inquietante crimine organizzato del ventunesimo secolo. Nell’underground dell’hacking la voce si era diffusa come un nuovo virus inarrestabile: qualcuno – un cyber-ladro brillante e temerario – aveva appena scatenato il takedown di una rete criminale online che sottraeva miliardi di dollari all’economia statunitense. L’FBI si affrettò a lanciare un’ambiziosa operazione sotto copertura per scoprire questo nuovo boss del crimine digitale; altre agenzie di tutto il mondo dispiegarono decine di talpe e agenti sotto copertura. Collaborando, i cyber-poliziotti fecero cadere nelle loro trappole numerosi hacker sprovveduti. La loro vera preda, però, mostrava sempre una capacità straordinaria di fiutare i loro informatori e cogliere le loro trame. Il bersaglio che cercavano era il più improbabile dei criminali: un brillante programmatore con un’etica hippie e la doppia identità di un supercattivo. Importante hacker “white hat”, Max “Vision” Butler era una celebrità nel mondo della programmazione e in passato aveva addirittura collaborato con l’FBI. Ma nei panni di un “black hat”, come “Iceman”, trovava nel mondo del furto dei dati un’opportunità irresistibile di mettere alla prova le sue enormi capacità. Penetrò in migliaia di computer di tutti gli Stati Uniti, rubando a suo piacimento milioni di numeri di carte di credito.

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Lili St Germain

They say love conquers all. It's a lie. The compulsive second novel in the USA Today bestselling Cartel trilogy. Five days a week, I dressed in smart business clothes. I painted my face, and went to work as an accountant. But nothing about my life was normal. For eight years I had been the property of the Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club. I laundered their money so well they'd never let me leave. My only glimmer of light was the man I loved. The man who had saved me. Dornan. His love had been the only thing that kept the demons at bay. But he'd become so immersed in the cartel's brutal business that I hardly knew him anymore. Dornan had been my salvation, but he was also my undoing. Would he pull me down into the darkness until he destroyed me? Could I save him? Did I even want to? Before the Gypsy Brothers there was the Cartel - from USA Today bestselling author Lili St Germain. Praise for the Cartel trilogy: 'Good lord, this series... this book... these characters.... they are seriously playing all sorts of havoc with my emotions, my feelings, my nerves and my anxiety levels' The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog 'Sensational, shocking, compelling and totally addictive ... the best when it comes to dark, brooding and bloody romance' Kelly, Perusing Princesses

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Richard Stratton

This fast-paced sequel to Smuggler's Blues is a harrowing and at times comical journey through the criminal justice system at the height of America's War on Plants. Captured in the lobby of the Sheraton Senator Hotel at LAX following a fifteen-year run smuggling marijuana and hashish as part of the hippie mafia, Richard Stratton began a new journey. Kingpin tells the story of the eight years that followed, through two federal trials and the underworld of the federal prison system, at a time when it was undergoing unprecedented expansion due to the War on Drugs. Stratton was shipped by bus from LA' s notorious Glass House to jails and prisons across the country, a softening process known as diesel therapy. Resisting pressure to falsely implicate his friend and mentor, Norman Mailer, he was convicted in his second trial under the kingpin statute and sentenced to twenty-five years without the possibility of parole. While doing time in prisons from Manhattan's Criminal Hilton to rural Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, and New York, he witnessed brutality as well as camaraderie, rampant trafficking of contraband, and crimes by both guards and convicts. He first learned the lessons of survival. Then he learned to prevail, becoming a jailhouse lawyer and winning the reversal of his kingpin sentence and eventual release. Kingpin includes cameos by Norman Mailer and Muhammad Ali, and an account of the author's friendship with mafia don Joe Stassi, a legendary hitman from the early days of the mob who knew gangsters Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, and Abe Zwillman and has insights into the killing of Dutch Schultz and the Kennedy assassination Kingpin is the second volume in Richard Stratton's trilogy, Remembrance of the War on Plants.

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Matthew Rosenberg

Wilson Fisk builds a new empire! The Kingpin has done bad things. Deplorable things. Unforgivable things. He has cheated the law. He has blackmailed rivals. He has killed. But that's all in the past. Now he's back in the city he loves and ready to make his mark as a titan of legitimate industry. But before he can take a fresh bite out of the Big Apple, he needs to transform his public image. As Fisk makes disgraced journalist Sarah Dewey an offer she can't refuse, the spiraling saga of crime and betrayal begins anew. His road may be paved with honorable intentions, but nobody in his circle will remain pure on his climb back to the top! Reacquaint yourself with the Kingpin in all his brutal glory: the man, the murderer - the Good Samaritan?! Collecting KINGPIN (2017) #1-5.

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W. S. Greer

Alannah Sullivan met Dominic Collazo when she was only in the fifth grade. She knew him when the other kids called him names and made fun of his over-sized facial features. She knew him when he was a shy introvert with a quick temper. She knew him when he was first introduced to the mob lifestyle by his father, a made man in the St. Louis mafia. Alannah knew Dominic before anybody could see his potential, and she fell in love with him when she was just a teenager... just in time for her family to pack up and move away from the city and the boy she loved. But, Alannah is back now, and after ten long years, Dominic Collazo is all grown up. No longer the quiet loner, Dominic is larger than life, and every woman's fantasy. He's a rich casino owner with the looks of a Greek god, and an alpha male persona to die for. He's also a captain in the notorious Giordano crime family. When the two of them meet again in the lobby of Lumiere Place Casino & Hotel, Alannah has no idea that her second chance with Dominic will also be her biggest curse. As drama immediately ensues and bullets start to fly, Alannah has to ask herself if Dominic is worth all the trouble that comes with him. Would you risk everything to be with the love of your life, even if he's the mafia's newest KINGPIN?

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Sarah Bartholomeusz

Who are the most innovative and creative business leaders of all time? Names such as Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla and Bill Gates usually come to mind, but Kingpin proposes an alternative. What if the most innovative and creative entrepreneurs operate on the fringe of business culture, outside the generally accepted confines of corporate organisation and governance? Despite the immoral, destructive and violent culture of the illicit drug trade, drug Kingpins are – first and foremost – entrepreneurs and risk managers. As pioneers of the underworld, they face unique challenges arising from the illegal nature of their trade. Their unpredictable and inherently risky world provides a wealth of diverse business challenges rarely encountered by mainstream business leaders. Thus they provide us with lessons that we can learn from no one else. The most successful Kingpins are visionary leaders who survive by implementing effective business strategies and policies. By suspending our judgement of the drug dealer and focusing on the Kingpin, we open our minds to their pioneering spirit. Their skills, flaws, triumphs and downfalls are magnified by the volatile environment that shapes their enterprises. By bravely exploring where others fear to tread, Sarah Bartholomeusz reveals unique insights that have eluded the minds of the world’s most respected business experts and provides us with innovative approaches to managing risk during times of rapid change. The seven people examined in this book have been chosen because they are all high achievers in their field. The shock of their real-world impact, though often reprehensible, has reverberated across the globe. While the Kingpins as leaders operate within a similar rule set to executives, they come from widely differing backgrounds and they build their businesses in an environment of extreme volatility. This makes them ideal subjects of study for business experts at the cutting edge of industry. Their responses to compliance situations are not curtailed by the law, best practice or, at times, even logic. This makes them some of the most innovative and creative business leaders in the world, and they therefore provide us with lessons that are simply unavailable through the study of mainstream leaders.

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Kevin Poulsen

Documents how a troubled young computer hacker seized control of a massive international computer fraud network in 2006, tracing the efforts of FBI and Secret Service agents as well as an undercover operator to locate and arrest him. Reprint.

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Leonard Lynch

Matthew and Stephanie have no idea that their new life together is about to get a whole lot more exciting...Finding themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time means a chance encounter with explosive violence - they are trapped in the middle of a feud between opposing criminal gangs from the Irish cities of Dublin and Cork and plunged into a violent and chaotic underworld.Can they survive a world of changing loyalties where nothing is as it seems, and the growing conflict which engulfs them...?

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Kevin Poulsen

The true story of Max Butler, the master hacker who ran a billion dollar cyber crime network. The word spread through the hacking underground like some unstoppable new virus: an audacious crook had staged a hostile takeover of an online criminal network that siphoned billions of dollars from the US economy. The culprit was a brilliant programmer with a hippie ethic and a supervillain's double identity. Max 'Vision' Butler was a white-hat hacker and a celebrity throughout the programming world, even serving as a consultant to the FBI. But there was another side to Max. As the black-hat 'Iceman', he'd seen the fraudsters around him squabble, their ranks riddled with infiltrators, their methods inefficient, and in their dysfunction was the ultimate challenge: he would stage a coup and steal their ill-gotten gains from right under their noses. Through the story of Max Butler's remarkable rise, KINGPIN lays bare the workings of a silent crime wave affecting millions worldwide. It exposes vast online-fraud supermarkets stocked with credit card numbers, counterfeit cheques, hacked bank accounts and fake passports. Thanks to Kevin Poulsen's remarkable access to both cops and criminals, we step inside the quiet,desperate battle that law enforcement fights against these scammers. And learn that the boy next door may not be all he seems.

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Roxy Sloane

Miami. The city of sex, sin — and secrets. I came here with one mission: solve the mystery behind my brother’s death. Somebody’s got answers. Somewhere, I’ll find what I’m looking for. I didn’t bet on Xavier. He’s my one temptation — and my biggest threat. I should keep my distance, but I can’t stay away. I’m playing with fire, and I just pray I don’t get burned. The Kingpin Duet:1. Kingpin2. His Queen

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Richard Stratton

This fast-paced sequel to Smuggler's Blues is a harrowing and at times comical journey through the criminal justice system at the height of America's War on Plants. Captured in the lobby of the Sheraton Senator Hotel at LAX following a fifteen-year run smuggling marijuana and hashish as part of the hippie mafia, Richard Stratton began a new journey. Kingpin tells the story of the eight years that followed, through two federal trials and the underworld of the federal prison system, at a time when it was undergoing unprecedented expansion due to the War on Drugs. Stratton was shipped by bus from LA's notorious Glass House to jails and prisons across the country, a softening process known as diesel therapy. Resisting pressure to falsely implicate his friend and mentor, Norman Mailer, he was convicted in his second trial under the kingpin statute and sentenced to twenty-five years without the possibility of parole. While doing time in prisons from Manhattan's Criminal Hilton to rural Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, and New York, he witnessed brutality as well as camaraderie, rampant trafficking of contraband, and crimes by both guards and convicts. He first learned the lessons of survival. Then he learned to prevail, becoming a jailhouse lawyer and winning the reversal of his kingpin sentence and eventual release. Kingpin includes cameos by Norman Mailer and Muhammad Ali, and an account of the author's friendship with mafia don Joe Stassi, a legendary hitman from the early days of the mob who knew gangsters Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, and Abe Zwillman and has insights into the killing of Dutch Schultz and the Kennedy assassination Kingpin is the second volume in Richard Stratton's trilogy, Remembrance of the War on Plants.

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Rosalind Wiseman,Elizabeth Rapoport

What happens to Queen Bees and Wannabes when they grow up? Even the most well-adjusted moms and dads can experience peer pressure and conflicts with other adults that make them act like they’re back in seventh grade. In Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads, Rosalind Wiseman gives us the tools to handle difficult situations involving teachers and other parents with grace. Reassuring, funny, and unfailingly honest, Wiseman reveals: • Why PTA meetings and Back-to-School nights tap into parents’ deepest insecurities • How to recognize the archetypal moms and dads—from Caveman Dad to Hovercraft Mom • How and when to step in and step out of your child’s conflicts with other children, parents, teachers, or coaches • How to interpret the code phrases other parents use to avoid (or provoke) confrontation • Why too many well-meaning dads sit on the sidelines, and how vital it is that they step up to the plate • What to do and say when the playing field becomes an arena for people to bully and dominate other kids and adults • How to have respectful yet honest conversations with other parents about sex and drugs when your values are in conflict • How the way you handle parties, risky behavior, and academic performance affects your child • How unspoken assumptions about race, religion, and other hot-button subjects sabotage parents’ ability to work together Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads is filled with the kind of true stories that made Wiseman’s New York Times bestselling book Queen Bees & Wannabes impossible to put down. There are tales of hardworking parents with whom any of us can identify, along with tales of outrageously bad parents—the kind we all have to reckon with. For instance, what do you do when parents donate a large sum of money to a school and their child is promptly transferred into the honors program–while your son with better grades doesn’t make the cut? What about the mother who helps her daughter compose poison-pen e-mails to yours? And what do you say to the parent-coach who screams at your child when the team is losing? Wiseman offers practical advice on avoiding the most common parenting “land mines” and useful scripts to help you navigate difficult but necessary conversations. Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads is essential reading for parents today. It offers us the tools to become wiser, more relaxed parents–and the inspiration to speak out, act according to our values, show humility, and set the kind of example that will make a real difference in our children’s lives. Also available as a Random House AudioBook and as an eBook

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"Kingpin and Eli" explores the choices real people make when facing moral dilemmas. Workers must make tough decisions when priorities are in conflict as they strive to achieve their personal goals and company objectives, while at the same time, trying to help their coworkers succeed. Thomas Whitherspoon is the senior anchor of Briggs News. His coworkers at the TV station call him "Kingpin" and it's a title he relishes since there are no limits to his arrogance. He carefully protects his image using everything and every person at his disposal. Whitherspoon believes nice guys finish last and learned early in his career that if he doesn't promote himself no one else will. He shares anchor duties with young family man and new father Carl Pickler. When Whitherspoon becomes convinced that Pickler's out for his job, he develops an elaborate plan to get him fired. But the conspiracy to remove the perceived threat to his dominance at the station has unexpected consequences. Whitherspoon sees himself as a survivor and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his position as the top dog at the TV station. Does that include murder? Whitherspoon becomes the focus of a homicide investigation when forensic evidence points to an employee at the TV station as the murderer. Whitherspoon is on Detective Strollo's short list of suspects, because he was at the station the night that a murder rocked the quiet city of Briggs Lake, Arizona. Whitherspoon views life as a chess game and considers himself a chess master while those around him are merely playing checkers. When things at the station get complicated and the police begin closing in, he contemplates his final move which has to be a checkmate.

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Nick Bilton

The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom – and almost got away with it. In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything – drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons – free of the government’s watchful eye. While the federal government were undertaking an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive proprietor, the Silk Road quickly ballooned into a $1.2 billion enterprise. Ross embraced his new role as kingpin, taking drastic steps to protect himself – including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren’t sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet. Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. It’s a story of the boy next door’s ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralised Web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction. But it’s all too real.

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