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24 June 2023

9:00 AM

24 June 2023

9:00 AM

Fancy Bear Goes Phishing: The Dark History of the Information Age in Five Extraordinary Hacks Scott Shapiro

Allen Lane, pp.432, 25

Most of us live a strange double life when it comes to hacking. We read headlines saying that our toaster might spy on us, that Russia is trying to hack into our social media, and that society as a whole could be under threat. At the same time, we install smart speakers in every room of our house, post more than ever to social media, and the worst we see of hacking attempts is the occasional email from a Nigerian ‘prince’.

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