Ever wanted to track down a spammer or someone sending you annoying emails, but didn't quite know where to start? Start here... Internet Forensics by Robert Jones. This was a really fun read...
Contents: Introduction; Names and Numbers; Email; Obfuscation; Web Sites; Web Servers; Web Browsers; File Contents; People and Places; Patterns of Activity; Case Studies; Taking Actions; Index
Unlike some of the internet security books I've read and reviewed, this one is actually understandable by those who aren't full-time network administration geeks. Jones examines the subject of tracking down computer crime (phishing, spam, etc.) by using forensic techniques to narrow down potential culprits. This isn't to say that there's a "follow these steps and nail the spammer" recipe that can be applied in all cases. Too many things can be forged, and spammers (in some cases) are pretty adept at hiding their tracks. But by learning how to read email headers, domain registrations, and patterns, you can learn more than you might expect. The nice thing about this book is that the information is explained in a clear fashion that doesn't rely on years of experience to follow. His explanation of mail headers and how to interpret them might be the first time I've ever actually understood what was going on. He also switches the view on some subjects (like web browsers) to help you understand how to better hide your own tracks to prevent others from finding out information about you. And if you're trying to track down someone who's abusing your site, hiding your own tracks might be critical in not causing him (or her) to bolt...
Important information, and extremely practical. I guarantee you'll walk away with a couple things immediately that you can use, and over the long haul the book will more than pay for itself...
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""Internet Forensics" compiles a lot of information that has typically been available only by word of mouth or bitter experience. The average user will find themselves able to apply its techniques, and even if they choose not to, they will gain a deep understanding of how the Internet works. The book's clear style and firm grounding in reality make it an excellent read." - Gavin Inglis, news@UK, June 2006