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Dan Verton

PO Box 12202
Burke, Virginia, United States


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Verton is an award-winning journalist (First Place Jesse H. Neal Award, 2003) and a published author of three books.

His latest book, The Insider: A True Story, (Llumina Press) will be in bookstores in August, 2005.

His other work includes Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism (McGraw-Hill), released in August 2003. It has been cited as one of the best descriptions of the high-tech future of terrorism to be published in recent memory.


The Washington Post
"Verton is as credible a digital Cassandra as you can get...Some of the examples [he] unearths are certainly spooky."

Richard Clarke, President Bush's former chief cybersecurity advisor and the former National Coordinator for Security & Counterterrorism says Black Ice "reveals a real threat to Homeland Security that the Feds are not fixing.

MacDonnell Ulsch, Managing Director of Janus Risk Management, Inc., and a former Trusted Advisor to the United States Secrecy Commission calls Black Ice a book "of near incomparable importance in an uncertain post-September 11th world. Black Ice may be the most important book we read in a long while, because it brings to the immediate attention of the leaders of government and commerce a sense of electric urgency and of the consequences of inaction.

Verton is a former intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as senior briefing officer for the Second Marine Expeditionary Force and analyst in charge of the Balkans Task Force during the crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1994-1996. He is also a former imagery intelligence analyst with the U.S. Army Reserve. He has a wide range of military and computer security training, and has been responsible for training and access control of CIA and Pentagon intelligence databases and systems.

Verton earned an MA in Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. He also has a BA in History from the State University of New York-Binghamton and has attended the University of Pennsylvania.

Interests: Fiction (adventure, espionage, military), Technology, homeland security, terrorism, cybercrime, military history, espionage, current events, biography, military/espionage fiction.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism
  • The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers
  • Grace Under Fire: The True Story of the Sinking of the USS Sims and Her 13 Survivors
  • The Insider: A True Story