“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 21st century.” —Washington Post
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Great (real event) story telling
Overall a decent read. David does an excellent job of placing it all into context. His conclusion of a cyber accord seems pie in the sky at best. A better idea is digital fingerprinting and eyeball recognition in order to access the internet. Much like a drivers license for net. Closing the system is the preferred model for the Chinese and the other adversaries. Which is why our open system will always be vulnerable and hacked 24/7/365. Most of these tech companies have much to answer for. Not just Facebook which seems to have been a large part of the focus here. Microsoft, dollar for dollar has allowed the illegal transfer of tens of billions due to its shoddy operating system. It is still the dominate dog pile everybody learns. Book is highly recommended and well written.