Syngress Publishing Announces the Release of “Zero Day Exploit: Countdown to Darkness”

Rockland, MA – Syngress Publishing, Inc., today announced the publication of “Zero Day Exploit: Countdown to Darkness” (ISBN: 1-931836-09-4).

“Zero Day Exploit” is now available in bookstores and at online retailers. Andrew Williams, Vice President, Syngress Publishing, said, “This is a realistic and downright scary tale of cyber-terrorism. It takes the reader from the casinos of Las Vegas to the slums of Manila to FBI Headquarters, as an elite team of security hotshots race to stop Islamic terrorists from crippling the economies of the Western world. This is written by the world’s leading counterterrorism experts, and is all the more chilling for its authenticity.”

“So much of our critical national infrastructure hinges on technology, which is so fragile, that a zero-day bug in the wrong hands could lead to any equally bad attack. I’m not, for a moment, going to speculate on what or how that attack may come, but suffice to say that the potential is there; the threat is real,” said David Litchfield, Managing Director, NGSSoftware and author of the book’s foreword.

The author is Rob Shein and the technical editor is Marcus Sachs.

Chapter topics include: DefCon in Las Vegas, 2000; The DoJ Project, Washington DC, 2001; The Arrival of MadFast; ZFon Vulnerability; Scanning the System, 2003; Zero Day; Exploit Impact; Damage Control; Recovery; and The Laws of Security.

ISBN: 1-931836-09-4
PRICE: $49.95 U.S.

About the Authors
Rob Shein, also known as Rogue Shoten, works as an independent consultant in the Washington, DC area. His experience includes doing hard time at Network Solutions, followed by VeriSign, where he was a member of the FIRE Team, providing incident response and penetration testing services to Fortune 100 clients. He also served on a red team at Titan, during which time he did work he’s not supposed to even talk about to himself. He has presented at several conferences, including DefCon and e-Gov.

Marcus H. Sachs is the Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center and is a cyberspace security researcher, writer, and instructor for the SANS Institute. He previously served in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security and was a staff member of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. While a member of the White House staff, he coordinated efforts to protect and secure the nation’s telecommunication and Internet infrastructures, leveraging expertise from United States government agencies, the domestic private sector, and the international community. He also contributed to the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, upon his joining of the National Cyber Security Division of the US Department of Homeland Security.

David Litchfield (forward) leads the world in the discovery and publication of computer security vulnerabilities. This outstanding research was recognized by Information Security Magazine, which voted him The World’s Best Bug Hunter for 2003. To date, David has found over 150 vulnerabilities in many of today’s popular products from the major software companies (the majority in Microsoft, Oracle).

Background Information
Syngress Publishing (, headquartered in Rockland, Massachusetts, is an independent publisher of print and electronic reference materials for Information Technology professionals seeking skill enhancement and career advancement. Distributed throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada, Syngress titles have been translated into twenty languages. The company’s pioneering customer support program,, extends the value of every Syngress title with regular information updates and customer-driven author forums. For more information on Syngress products, contact Amy Pedersen at 781-681-5151 or email Syngress books are distributed in the United States and Canada by O’Reilly Media, Inc.

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