REVIEW: "High Tech Crimes Revealed", Steven Branigan

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    "High Tech Crimes Revealed", Steven Branigan, 2005, 0-321-21873-6,
    U$29.99/C$42.99
    %A Steven Branigan
    %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew Place, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 2T8
    %D 2005
    %G 0-321-21873-6
    %I Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
    %O U$29.99/C$42.99 fax: 416-443-0948 800-822-6339
    %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321218736/robsladesinterne
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321218736/robsladesinte-21
    %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321218736/robsladesin03-20
    %P 412 p.
    %T "High Tech Crimes Revealed"

    The title is a wee bit misleading: it is not the crimes that are
    revealed here as much as it is the investigations, and investigative
    techniques and tips. As such, the initial material in the book is
    more valuable than many of those that do concentrate on the crimes
    themselves.

    Chapter one deals with an insider attack at a telephone company.
    Branigan tells the story well (if sometimes a bit flippantly) and also
    provides "rules" for an inquiry as the account progresses. The
    narrative points out errors that were made (or fortuitously missed)
    and notes what might have been done better. A simple case of ISP
    (Internet Service Provider) banner defacement turns out to have larger
    ramifications in chapter two. But, the supply of rules seems to dry
    up, although there are notes reiterating or expanding on them. Some
    accidental discoveries result in the discovery of a pornographic
    service, in chapter three. Chapter four outlines a hacker sting
    operation.

    Identity theft is superficially reviewed in chapter five, but the
    "case" is minor, and only used as a lead in. There are interviews
    with a couple of blackhats (which, if you've read Denning's, Gordon's,
    or Taylor's work, don't teach very much) in chapter six. Chapter
    seven examines the motives of different types of blackhats. It is
    difficult to say that this material will help in understanding attacks
    or protecting systems. There is a brief history of information
    technology in chapter eight. The essay on high tech crime in chapter
    nine is a bit redundant at this point. There is also some
    questionable material, retailing myths such as Al-Qaida's use of
    steganography and the salami scam. Chapter ten describes some common
    mistakes in an investigation, and eleven lists an overall, if
    simplistic, investigative outline. Chapter twelve finishes off by
    recapping miscellaneous thoughts.

    The reports of investigations that begin the book are interesting,
    particularly since all too many books about computer crime concentrate
    on technical details, and forget the legal realities (or, like
    Kovacich's and Boni's "High Technology Crime Investigator's Handbook"
    (cf. BKHTCRIH.RVW) concentrate on the career and forget the job). It
    is disappointing that Branigan's work trails off into more vague
    generalities.

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKHTCRRV.RVW 20041016

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    Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor, Dec 29, 2004
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  2. Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor wrote:

    > BKHTCRRV.RVW 20041016
    >
    > "High Tech Crimes Revealed", Steven Branigan, 2005, 0-321-21873-6,
    > U$29.99/C$42.99
    > %A Steven Branigan
    > %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew Place, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 2T8
    > %D 2005
    > %G 0-321-21873-6
    > %I Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
    > %O U$29.99/C$42.99 fax: 416-443-0948 800-822-6339
    > %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321218736/robsladesinterne
    > http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321218736/robsladesinte-21
    > %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321218736/robsladesin03-20
    > %P 412 p.
    > %T "High Tech Crimes Revealed"



    Why do you insist on SPAMMING this news group?
     
    Michael J. Pelletier, Jan 5, 2005
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  3. Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor

    Ant Guest

    "Michael J. Pelletier" wrote:
    > Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor wrote:
    >
    >> BKHTCRRV.RVW 20041016
    >>
    >> "High Tech Crimes Revealed", Steven Branigan, 2005, 0-321-21873-6,


    > Why do you insist on SPAMMING this news group?


    To which of the three crossposted groups are you referring, and why
    are you so clue resistant? It has already been explained to you that
    Rob's book reviews are not spam, and are welcome on-topic articles in
    the groups where they are posted.

    I've ignored your "Followup-To:", and reset it to comp.security.misc,
    as I don't read misc.books.technical.
     
    Ant, Jan 5, 2005
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