Rogue Code: by Mark Russinovich

Some times I feel like writing.  This is funny because lots of people say I don’t do it well. Also, I’m dyslexic so, the process it a little painful.  Please give me your honest opinion. Believe me, there is nothing you can say I haven’t heard and it won’t stop me from writing. 

I read Rogue Code by Mark Russinovich about a month ago.  It was so good I’m about to reading it again.  It’s not as intense as a Clancy novel but it’s close if your a techie.

Mark works at Microsoft in the Windows Azure product team as a Technical Fellow.  He also helped develop the suite of Microsoft’s utilities called “Windows Internals”.

I have said, “writing software is like writing a novel where ever letter has to be perfect”. Also, “writing code is as much a creative process as writing a novel”. Mark can do both very well.

In Rogue Code, Mark takes you through the world of investment trading and the new mob. Mark’s character,  Jeff Aiken, is a computer penetration tester (pen-tester) and is given a job to pen-test the New York Stock Exchange.  It turns out hackers are way ahead of him.  As the plot unfolds, in a real life way, Jeff finds himself being chased by both the police and the mob. The book’s cross of disciplines (trading stocks and internet security) has grabbed the attention of companies like DittoTrade who mention it on their blog posts. It’s curious that this book has not picked up more traction, but alas that is likely because not many people want to read about the techy world like this.

If you read this book you’ll learn how stock trading is done today, more about every kind of trading platform that currently exists and, how computer security people work.  This book is so real to live I expect to see just such a story in the news any day. But they would never print the truth.  You’ll also learn why.

I once thought I wanted to work in Information Security (IS).  I did for a short time. It’s because of events like happen in this book I don’t work there now.

Let me know if you read this book. Maybe I’ll tell you some of my stories of working in IS.

Book reviews comming

As of late I’ve been reading a lot of books.  I hope soon to write review of:

  • Rogue Code by Mark Russinovich
  • Trojan Horse by Mark Russinovich and Kevin Mitnick
  • Fatal System Error by Joseph Menn
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Roseberg and Alan eagle
  • The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford

Book Review – Kill Decision

Sci-Fi, Tech, Drones in one story!  Could I not read “Kill Decision” by Daniel Suarez?

Having read Daniel’s last two books,  (DaemonFreedom) I was ready for his next book.  Kill Decision is not a squeal to his last two.

(No Spoilers) Drones, including quad-copters like the one I’m building, make from off the shelf parts (that really exist) are given the power to kill people (think flying shotguns) are at high tech A-Team  is trying to find out how is behind it.

The actions is very good. The science is real. The tech is very possible. The love story a little lame but a small part of the book.  If your not a techie the tech might get in the way.  If you are a techie you’ll think Daniel play it down a little bit for everyone else.  If your a soldier, pray this book is pure fantasy.

In the book robots are embodied with the computer models of insects.  I have a friend, Mark, who’s PHD thesis was based on computer models of the evolutionary properties of small birds.  So as unreal as that sounds, don’t think it odd.

If you like the tech of Michael Crichton and you think Tom Clancy’s books are fun, you’ll love this book.


I just finished reading; Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground By Kevin Poulsen.

This  is be the best behind the scenes of the new hacker world.  If you read Hackers by Steven Levy and or The Cuckoo’s Egg by Cliff Stole, this is a must read for you.

It is just amazing how much detail and understanding Kevin brings to the details in this book.  I had to read and re-read many pages to follow the twists and turns the rise and fall of Max Vision.  (Yes that is his real name.)

The movie Social Network was interesting.  This book is so fantastic it reads like some crazy fiction hacker book but every word has been researched.

I thought at one time I wanted to work in the information security business.   It’s hard enough to live a clean life. This book showed me just how close the security groups to the criminal groups.  This book gave me chills.  I’d never want to get that close.