Mark Bowden, one of my favorite writers, has just published a new book with a very frightening theme. The new book is titled Worm. It is the story of a threat to worldwide computers which came from a piece of malware which came to be known as Conficker. It happened in November of 2008 and provoked the efforts of a group of Internet pioneers, ex-hackers and cyber-security professionals who came together to fight this threat. Bowden notes that these attacks may portend the wave of the future. Another example of this type of attack is the Stuxnet worm which set back the Iranian nuclear effort.