The previously untold—and previously highly classified—story of the conflux of espionage and technology, with a compelling narrative rich with astonishing revelations taking readers from World War II to the internet age.
As the digital era become increasingly pervasive, the intertwining forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world; what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now affects us all.
Corera’s compelling narrative takes us from the Second World War through the Cold War and the birth of the internet to the present era of hackers and surveillance. The book is rich with historical detail and characters, as well as astonishing revelations about espionage carried out in recent times by the UK, US, and China. Using unique access to the National Security Agency, GCHQ, Chinese officials, and senior executives from some of the most powerful global technology companies, Gordon Corera has gathered compelling stories from heads of state, hackers and spies of all stripes.
Cyberspies is a ground-breaking exploration of the new space in which the worlds of espionage, diplomacy, international business, science, and technology collide.
BBC security correspondent Corera's dense and comprehensive history of electronic and computer espionage includes many hitherto secret tales from the world of communication intelligence. Corera (The Art of Betrayal) examines the close cooperation between the British and American government intelligence agencies from the days of Bletchley Park during WWII, when the alliance began, to its current standing at the center of political debate on questions of national security and global enterprise. The narrative is focused on people and events, with perhaps too-scant descriptions of methods and hardware. Gordon discusses the role of computers and the Internet in the ever-changing balance between the conflicting needs of personal and corporate privacy and the fight against external enemies: first the Soviet Union, and now global terrorism. The world of hackers and their motives and methods, and the uses of hacking as an aid and a threat to cybersecurity, are examined in fascinating detail, illustrated with alarming anecdotes. The discussion of Stuxnet the sophisticated attack on Iranian centrifuges and its aftermath is compelling, as Corera's chilling conclusion contextualizes it as the first of a continuing and increasingly sophisticated form of international, sometimes state-sponsored digital warfare.