Review: Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Digital Underground

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Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground is the story of a morally ambiguous protagonist who was never, not for one second, morally ambiguous in his own mind. The story of a man who stole tens of millions of dollars, giving not one flying fuck for the swag such riches could have brought, nor for an ever-increasing subtotal that would have brought tears to the eyes of a typical Midas. An intensely competitive man who nonetheless refused to participate in the default competition, the race of the rats. A man of volatile mood and odd habits, diagnosed as bipolar, who saw himself as the one sane person in a deranged world.

In other words, it’s the story of a hacker.

It’s the story of a hacker who did to the black market for credit cards roughly…

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