Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kevin Poulsen

Narrated By: Eric Michael Summerer

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: February 2015

Duration: 8 hours 10 minutes


The word spread through the hacking underground like some unstoppable new virus: Someone—some brilliant, audacious crook—had just staged a hostile takeover of an online criminal network that siphoned billions of dollars from the U.S. economy.

The FBI rushed to launch an ambitious undercover operation aimed at tracking down this new kingpin. Other agencies around the world deployed dozens of moles and double agents. Together, the cybercops lured numerous unsuspecting hackers into their clutches. Yet at every turn, their main quarry displayed an uncanny ability to sniff out their snitches and see through their plots.

The culprit they sought was the most unlikely of criminals: a brilliant programmer with a hippie ethic and a supervillain's double identity. Together with a smooth-talking con artist, he ran a massive real-world crime ring.


  • jose almeida

    Fantastic read! Really gives you a look into what the underground cyber world looks like.