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The Ransomware Hunting Team

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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The Ransomware Hunting Team is a real-life technological thriller that illuminates a dangerous new era of cybercrime. Join Pulitzer Prize finalist Renee Dudley and local Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Golden for a gripping discussion on their new book. They will reveal the details of an unlikely band of misfits, mostly self-taught and often struggling to make ends meet, who have outwitted the underworld of hackers who lock computer networks and demand huge payments in return for the keys.

The Ransomware Hunting Team traces the adventures of these unassuming heroes and how they have used their skills to save millions of ransomware victims from paying billions of dollars to criminals. Working tirelessly from bedrooms and back offices, and refusing payment, they’ve rescued those whom the often hapless FBI has been unwilling or unable to help. Foremost among them is Michael Gillespie, a cancer survivor and cat lover who got his start cracking ransomware while working at a Nerds on Call store in the town of Normal, Illinois. Other teammates include the brilliant, reclusive Fabian Wosar, a high school dropout from Germany who enjoys bantering with the attackers he foils, and his protégé, the British computer science prodigy Sarah White. Together, they have established themselves as the most effective force against an escalating global threat. This book follows them as they put their health, personal relationships, and financial security on the line to navigate the technological and moral challenges of combating digital hostage taking.Interested in reading The Ransomware Hunting Team? Click this link to place a reserve on the book.This program is presented in partnership with the Watertown Free Public Library. Registration will remain open even after the program begins. The login link will be sent from the Watertown Free Public Library. Please be sure to check your spam folder in case it lands there.


January 25
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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