Whaling for Beginners

Book One - Breach

Whaling for Beginners Book 1 Cover ImageHackers are hunting ‘whales’ in the boardroom. They attack, steal and ruin reputations. Are you the whale they’re looking for? Could you stop them?

Board level executives are known as ‘whales’ amongst hackers. That’s because they’re the big fish who hold the keys to the really big prizes: money, intellectual property and commercially sensitive information. Jim Baines, CEO of a major US packaging company, didn’t know he was a ‘whale’ until someone hacked his email and got into the heart of his company.

"Whaling for Beginners" follows Jim’s journey as he realizes just how close to home cyber-attacks can strike and how broad the hackers’ ambitions are. As his company’s very survival hangs in the balance, it emerges that the ultimate target of the whaling attack is the CFO of his biggest client – and one of his oldest friends.

Out of nowhere, hard-won reputations, hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars are all suddenly at risk.

"Whaling for Beginners" is not only a wake-up call for leading executives everywhere, it is a gripping and fascinating read in its own right.

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Book Two - Reputations

Whaling for Beginners Book 2 Cover ImageHackers don’t just steal information and money - they destroy reputations too. In a few keystrokes long shadows can fall across careers and organizations. Do you know how vulnerable you are? How would you respond?

In Book One we learned how Jim Baines, CEO of a major US packaging company, made a simple mistake and discovered that he was a ‘whale’ - a high value target for hackers looking to profit from the corporate chaos they can cause.

It turned out that he was just bait for even bigger prizes - including his old friend, Hannah Simmons, CFO of a huge multinational. Now, with Hannah’s career in meltdown, Jim facing the loss of the business it took him years to build and media speculation growing, an investigative journalist closes in on them, sensing the biggest exclusive of her career.

Meanwhile in London, a brilliant young hacker prepares to deepen the attack. But who is he working for and what is their ultimate objective?

It’s a nightmare that’s becoming all too common in boardrooms around the world.

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Book 3 - Attack

Whaling for Beginners Book 3 Cover ImageIn Books One and Two we learned how Jim Baines, CEO of a major US packaging company, made a simple mistake and discovered that he was a ‘whale’ – a high value target for hackers looking to profit from the corporate chaos they can cause. Worse, he was just the bait for even bigger prizes: his clients, including his old friend Hannah Simmons, CFO of a huge multinational.

As Hannah is forced to resign and the attack spreads from the digital world into the physical, Jim, facing the loss of the business it took him years to build, decides to go public with his story. Meanwhile Taryn Lowell, his irreverent young Network Manager, teams up with veteran cyber security consultant Domenic Rizzo to try and contain the damage and track down the source of the breach.

In London, Hannah picks up the trail of an old friend who may be implicated in the attack, whilst Ercan, the gifted hacker responsible for carrying it out, questions his motives as the powers who commissioned him start to come a little too close to home.

As the scale of the attack grows ever wider, the stakes are getting higher and more dangerous for everyone involved.

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