From the premiere New York Times Washington correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and bringing us to the brink of global war.Behind the Russian cyberattacks that may have thrown the 2016 election; behind the Sony hack; behind mysterious power outages around the world and the disappearance of thousands of personnel records from poorly guarded government servers are the traces of a new and powerful weapon, one that has the potential to remake global conflict like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. The Perfect Weapon is the riveting story of how, in less than a decade, cyberwarfare displaced terrorism and nuclear attacks as the greatest threat to American national security. Cheap to acquire, difficult to defend against, and designed to shield their user's identities so as to complicate retaliation, these weapons are capable of an unprecedented range of offensive tactics; they can take us just short of war, allowing for everything from disruption to theft to the cause of widespread damage of essential infrastructure systems. And the vulnerability of those systems has created a related but equally urgent conflict: American companies like Apple and Cisco must claim allegiance to no government in the name of selling secure products around the globe yet the US intelligence agencies want the help of such companies in defending against future cyberattacks. Reported and written with unprecedented access by New York Times chief Washington correspondent and bestselling author David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon takes readers inside war rooms and boardrooms, into the secret cyberdens of American and Chinese military, to give the deep-background story of the increasingly pitched battle between nations, their governments, their cyberwarriors, and their corporations....
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The Perfect Weapon: How the Cyber Arms Race Set the World Afire Reviews
Very good overview of the issues in cyber war with a few caveats. David Sanger is a reporter so it’s no surprise that his recommendation of radical transparency is his default answer to some of the most difficult issues in cyberspace, for example deterrence. Second, the author displays a surprising naïveté about the likelihood of success of “digital Geneva Convention” initiatives because of another difficult (but not impossible) issue, attribution.
I started this a couple of days after the twelve indictments were announced, and I'm finishing it the day Trump (with Putin at his side) declined to believe Putin and Russia are even guilty, much less hold them accountable. The shock stemming from today's development and the clear documentation of the book are just a bit overwhelming. Sanger's afterword suggests steps the world, the nation, businesses and individuals should take, but given Trump's traitorous intransigence, little will come of Sa ...more
Profound, chilling, eye-opening, and researched in great detail. Provides excellent coverage of current issues through a compelling narrative and makes powerful suggestions for our necessary path forward, as a country and as a species.