The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

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Crown, Jun 19, 2018 - Political Science - 400 pages
NOW AN HBOŽ DOCUMENTARY FROM AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR JOHN MAGGIO • “An important—and deeply sobering—new book about cyberwarfare” (Nicholas Kristof, New York Times), now updated with a new chapter.

The Perfect Weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes, cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. Two presidents—Bush and Obama—drew first blood with Operation Olympic Games, which used malicious code to blow up Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, and yet America proved remarkably unprepared when its own weapons were stolen from its arsenal and, during President Trump’s first year, turned back on the United States and its allies. And if Obama would begin his presidency by helping to launch the new era of cyberwar, he would end it struggling unsuccessfully to defend against Russia’s broad attack on the 2016 US election.

Moving from the White House Situation Room to the dens of Chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution, where everyone is a target.

“Timely and bracing . . . With the deep knowledge and bright clarity that have long characterized his work, Sanger recounts the cunning and dangerous development of cyberspace into the global battlefield of the twenty-first century.”—Washington Post
 

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User Review  - Paul_S - LibraryThing

Interesting review but fails to go into any useful details when it comes to techniques or nature of vulnerabilities discussed. Maybe it's one of those books aimed at decision makers and it avoid blinding them with science. Read full review

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User Review  - Vicki_Weisfeld - LibraryThing

In The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger talks about nations’ pervasive and growing uses of spyware and malware to ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
1
CHAPTERI ORIGINAL SINS
7
PANDORAS INBOX
37
THE HUNDREDDOLLAR TAKEDOWN
55
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
78
THE CHINA RULES
100
THE KIMS STRIKE BACK
124
PUTINS PETRI DISH
152
THE SLOW AWAKENING
215
THREE CRISES IN THE VALLEY
240
LEFT OF LAUNCH
268
RECKONINGS
295
AFTERWORD
318
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
332
NOTES
337
INDEX
365

THE FUMBLE
171
WARNING FROM THE COTSWOLDS
194

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DAVID E. SANGER is national security correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting. A regular contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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