A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986 to 2012

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A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986-2012 is the first book of its kind- a comprehensive, accessible history of cyber conflict. A Fierce Domain reaches back to look at the major "wake-up calls," the major conflicts that have forced the realization that cyberspace is a harsh place where nations and others contest for superiority. The book identifies the key lessons for policymakers, and, most importantly, where these lessons greatly differ from popular myths common in military and political circles.

Mining the Web: Discovering Knowledge from Hypertext Data (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)

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Mining the Web: Discovering Knowledge from Hypertext Data is the first book devoted entirely to techniques for producing knowledge from the vast body of unstructured Web data. Building on an initial survey of infrastructural issues-including Web crawling and indexing-Chakrabarti examines low-level machine learning techniques as they relate specifically to the challenges of Web mining. He then devotes the final part of the book to applications that unite infrastructure and analysis to bring machine learning to bear on systematically acquired and stored data. Here the focus is on results: the strengths and weaknesses of these applications, along with their potential as foundations for further progress. From Chakrabarti's work-painstaking, critical, and forward-looking-readers will gain the theoretical and practical understanding they need to contribute to the Web mining effort.

* A comprehensive, critical exploration of statistics-based attempts to make sense of Web Mining.
* Details the special challenges associated with analyzing unstructured and semi-structured data.
* Looks at how classical Information Retrieval techniques have been modified for use with Web data.
* Focuses on today's dominant learning methods: clustering and classification, hyperlink analysis, and supervised and semi-supervised learning.
* Analyzes current applications for resource discovery and social network analysis.
* An excellent way to introduce students to especially vital applications of data mining and machine learning technology.

Usenet & The Future of Anonymity

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Usenet. The term conjures up images of archaic bulletin boards from the 1980s & 1990s in which jacking in meant astronomical charges every month. No longer. Ignore those who say "Don't talk about Usenet". No longer can you afford to leave your IP address out there for the world to see. You want privacy & anonymity? Come to Usenet. This book will teach you how. – Superior to P2P & Forums in every conceivable way where intelligent discussion is concerned – Immune from lawsuits – Ignored by Law Enforcement–because their p2p tracking systems don't work with Usenet! – The BEST newsgroups for discussion, mp3s/games/HD material – Learn why anonymity will decrease with peer-to-peer systems (as it always has) but increase with Usenet – Why Usenet is a free-for-all and ratio-free (unlike peer-to-peer systems) – Everything you need to know to set up a Usenet account and leech to your heart's content – Tor, PGP, Remailers/Mixmaster, SSL, Truecrypt and the like all have their place in Usenet. Learn about them here! – Which Vpn and Usenet companies might rat you out, and which won't Questions: Why should one use Usenet and not BitTorrent? – Enhanced discussions, both moderated and unmoderated, are prevalent in hundreds of thousands of different newsgroups. Usenet is where the -intelligent- users go to engage in logical discussions, and it is still the bastion of free speech and the most bang-for-your-buck where text and binary groups are concerned. What about lawsuits? – There has never been a lawsuit regarding Usenet use. The record and movie industries target torrenters for a reason: ignorance of the way those systems work. Usenet is an entirely different beast. Coupled with Tor, remailers and/or a vpn, Usenet is a fortress against Big Brother and shady law enforcement types, as well as all of the greedy lawyers who work for the millionaires in the entertainment industry. Anonymity on Usenet? – Yes it is possible to be anonymous on Usenet. Tools like Tor, Vpns, Remailers & Mixmaster provide this, however they are not necessary in every instance. It primarily depends on what you wish to accomplish, and which groups you're participating in. I go into detail about this in the book. Excerpt: Chapter 3: Usenet Anonymity "In this chapter, we’ll discuss ways you can add security (not to be confused with privacy) to your Usenet connection, so that you can participate in discussion groups without fear of persecution. These methods often lend themselves to situations where you may lose your Usenet account if you say the wrong things to the wrong people. Usenet companies are big business now, and unlike twelve years ago, will now think nothing of terminating your account of they get enough complaints. Simply being unpopular and taking a stand against the status quo in certain newsgroups can get your Usenet account banned (i.e. alt.privacy). However, with true anonymity, you can rest assured you will not be persecuted for speaking out against a tyrannical government, or a company that you work for (which has happened many times by disgruntled employees on Facebook). It should be stated at the outset that using Tor for Usenet binary downloads will actually strain the Tor network, just as it does with torrents. And to boot, whenever you use torrents, the torrent software actually sends your IP address to the recipient. It does so anonymously, in the same way a post office worker will deliver you your mail. Needless to say this defeats the purpose of using torrents. This problem is not with the Tor code, but rather the way that applications like BitLord and BitTorrent are designed. The torrent applications themselves need to be coded to allow anonymity. It is better to use Freenet with the Frost addon for p2p-like trading if you wish to remain anonymous. Tor is much more efficient at textual discussions, but the easiest method to do this anonymously is by use of remailers…"

Confronting the Internet’s Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway

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Terrorism, cyberbullying, child pornography, hate speech, cybercrime: along with unprecedented advancements in productivity and engagement, the Internet has ushered in a space for violent, hateful, and antisocial behavior. How do we, as individuals and as a society, protect against dangerous expressions online? Confronting the Internet's Dark Side is the first book on social responsibility on the Internet. It aims to strike a balance between the free speech principle and the responsibilities of the individual, corporation, state, and the international community. This book brings a global perspective to the analysis of some of the most troubling uses of the Internet. It urges net users, ISPs, and liberal democracies to weigh freedom and security, finding the golden mean between unlimited license and moral responsibility. This judgment is necessary to uphold the very liberal democratic values that gave rise to the Internet and that are threatened by an unbridled use of technology.

Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses

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“This book is the most current and comprehensive analysis of the state of Internet security threats right now. The review of current issues and predictions about problems years away are critical for truly understanding crimeware. Every concerned person should have a copy and use it for reference.”

—Garth Bruen, Project KnujOn Designer
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