Review by Nick
For anyone who enjoyed reading Bill Browder's book "Freezing Order" or Tom Wright and Bradley Hope's "Billion Dollar Whale" you may just enjoy this trip into the underworld of international crime and intrigue.
The Shadow Brokers are an international hacking group commonly believed to be Russian Intelligence (FSB). In 2016 the Shadow Brokers stole some of the United States most sophisticated cyber weapons. The cyber weapons were leaked during Donald Trumps reign in the United States - which may explain how they ended up in Russian hands. The effects of this were far flung. Criminal organisations around the world went on an unparalleled hacking spree - see Thomas Rid's book "Active Measures" for further details.
It is speculated the Russians provided these weapons to the Lazarus Group. This book details the story of the amazing exploits of the Lazarus Group who are probably responsible for some largest heists of the modern age.
The jaw-dropping story behind North Korea's dangerous cyber-criminals, the Lazarus Group, who hacked Hollywood and the world
In 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment was brutally hacked, with thousands of computers wiped and the personal data of hundreds of employees released online. This was the world's first glance at the Lazarus Group, a shadowy consortium of hackers working on behalf of the North Korean state. Since then, the group has grown into one of the most effective criminal enterprises on the planet - it is estimated they have stolen over $150 million dollars and almost $2bn million in cryptocurrency from financial institutions worldwide, from the United States, to Ecuador to the Philippines, and infamously bringing the British health service to a halt in 2018.
In The Lazarus Heist, investigative journalist Geoff White examines how the North Korean regime has harnessed cutting-edge technology to launch a decade-long campaign of brazen and merciless raids on its richer, more powerful adversaries. From the bustling streets of Dhaka, to the glamourous studios of Hollywood, to the secretive dynastic court of Pyongyang, this is the shocking story of the world's most elite hackers, their victims and the people who have tried - and ultimately, failed - to stop them.
Geoff White is among the UK's leading technology journalists and a global specialist on cyber-crime. He has won multiple awards for his work on the Snowden leaks, the hacking of Britain's largest internet service provider TalkTalk and his exposes of fraud in the online dating industry. His work has appeared in outlets including Channel 4 News, the BBC and The Sunday Times.