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Cybercrime, Cybercops and You


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Speaker(s): Misha Glenny
Chair: Professor Peter Sommer

Recorded on 4 October 2011 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

In a world where we shop, bank, work and live online, security has become a nightmare for law enforcement agencies, as those who keep us safe on the street struggle to keep up with ever-changing nature of the online realm. All this is to advantage of the hacker, a highly intelligent and ever-morphing new breed of criminal, who can gain access to our private information through websites and servers which are not secure enough to keep them out. Misha Glenny, author of the bestselling McMafia, has spent the last three years immersed in the worlds of intelligence agencies, security forces, lawyers and that of the hackers themselves, and now brings his findings to us.

This event marks the launch of Glenny's new book DarkMarket: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You.

Misha Glenny is a distinguished journalist and historian. As the Central Europe Correspondent first for the Guardian and then for the BBC, he chronicled the collapse of communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He won the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting. The author of four books, including the acclaimed McMafia, he has been regularly consulted by the US and European governments on major policy issues and ran an NGO for three years, assisting with the reconstruction of Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo.

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