An Interim Iteration

Two years ago today the Seven Deadliest Web Attacks emerged from the primordial slime (a.k.a. my brain) onto bookshelves. It was part of a “Seven Deadliest” series that covered topics from Wireless and Network security to USB and Microsoft. None of the books dove into the darker territory of the Seven Deadly Sins (and Brad Pitt’s fantastic utterance, “What’s in the box?!”). Researching that topic might have been pretty fun, as The Book of Vice attests.

If 7DWA did well enough I planned to follow up with more editions. In fact, my clever idea was to riff on the series title “7 Deadliest…” with 7 1/2 Deadliest, followed by 7 3/4, 7 4/5, and so on. Not only would the title remain recognizable, but it makes room for infinite follow-ups. Plus, I could try to negotiate a massive advance calculated on an infinite number of upcoming books. Then my too-savvy editor pointed out that infinite series can have finite sums, underlined this in my contract, and noted that Zeno tried this trick a few thousand years before me. So much for assuming liberal arts majors don’t know math.

None the less, this hasn’t deterred me from embarking on a new edition. The final chapter is being wrapped up over the next week or two (as Douglas Adams wrote1, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”). After that it becomes a game of Typo Hunt and Fix the Embarrassing Mistake. More on this subject when there’s a inkling of publish date.

The other effort is venturing onto Twitter under the handle @CodexWebSecurum, because things sound cooler in Latin. Especially pseudo-Latin. Like the spellcasting of Harry Potter books. Sequelum Injectae!


1 The Salmon of Doubt. p. 291.

Published by Mike Shema

Mike works with product security and DevSecOps teams to build safer applications. He also writes about information security, with an infusion of references to music (80s), sci-fi (apocalyptic), and horror (spooky) to keep the topics entertaining. He hosts the Application Security Weekly podcast.

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