By Ian Sutherland
Popular culture professes that computer hackers are evil. Some are: the blackhats who break into websites one day and steal our identities the next. There are others: whitehats, hackers of good intent who try to prevent the chaos caused by their anonymous adversaries.
And rising above them all is elite hacker and social engineer, Brody Taylor, who is both white hat and black hat. In the deep web of cyberspace, he upholds the law by breaking the law, applying blackhat tactics to achieve white hat outcomes.
Your private life is streamed live to a global audience. But no one told you about the cameras hidden in your home. And now a killer is watching, learning, planning . . .
Jenny Price, talented and ambitious police detective, leads the investigation into the murder of a beautiful young cellist. Baffled by the killer’s intimate knowledge of the girl's dreams and desires the case begins to run out of steam.
Out of leads, Jenny reluctantly accepts the aid of attractive but mysterious witness Brody Taylor, who has come forward with a bizarre story about webcams hidden in thousands of homes across the country. But Jenny is unaware that the charming Brody is under cover on his own covert operation.
An up-to-the-minute crime thriller that exposes the dark side of the connected world in which we now live.
Would you kill yourself to save your loved one?
When Brody Taylor receives a 'death letter’ from a fellow elite hacker, sent a week after his murder, its contents present Brody with an offer even he can't refuse. But the investigation is being led by Brody’s girlfriend, talented police detective Jenny Price. Unaware of the victim’s true profession, Jenny is stumped. How and why would a disabled Afghan war veteran be poisoned in his own home by one of the world’s most deadly snakes.
Working side-by-side once more, but with very different objectives, Brody and Jenny uncover a cyberterrorist conspiracy targeting innocent people. For Brody and Jenny to prevent the cyberweapon from releasing its deadly payload, Brody realises he'll need to lie to Jenny once again, knowing the truth will destroy their relationship. But with tens of thousands of lives scheduled to die within 24 hours, does he have any choice?
Forget nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The modern-day weapon of mass destruction of choice is digital. And we’re all at risk.