"Chilling . . . Extraordinary and urgent." — Washington Post
“Scary but well documented . . . A deep dive into the world of cyber war and cyber warriors.” — Los Angeles Times
“Unsettling . . . A deeply informative account of how corporations, governments, and even individuals are rapidly perfecting the ability to monitor and sabotage the Internet infrastructure.” — Christian Science Monitor
The wars of the future are already being fought today. The United States military currently views cyberspace as the “fifth domain” of warfare (alongside land, air, sea, and space), and the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. As recent revelations have shown, government agencies are joining with tech giants like Google and Facebook to collect vast amounts of information, and the military has also formed a new alliance with tech and finance companies to patrol cyberspace. Shane Harris offers a deeper glimpse into this partnership than we have ever seen before, and he explains what the new cyber security regime means for all of us who spend our daily lives bound to the Internet—and are vulnerable to its dangers.
“@War is superb . . . Rigorous, comprehensive, and a joy to read.” — Lawfare
Cyber-espionage is the "single most productive means of gathering information about our country's adversaries," writes Harris (The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State), senior writer for Foreign Policy, in this unnerving expos . After 9/11, the National Security Administration (NSA), the nation's global information-gathering agency, submitted a wish list to the Bush administration. It was approved and the "military-Internet complex was born." According to Harris, electronic eavesdropping was fundamental to 2007's Iraq surge and the NSA located Osama bin Laden through spyware planted in his operatives' mobile phones. On the other hand, Chinese hackers have stolen important military and industrial secrets, revealing how adversaries could sabotage computer-dependent infrastructure. Warning that we remain staggeringly vulnerable, America's cyberdefenders have persuaded an obliging Congress to provide an avalanche of money and to ease privacy laws. Readers will squirm as they learn how every communications enterprise (Google, AT&T, Verizon, Facebook) cooperates with the national security establishment. Harris delivers a convincing account of the terrible cyberdisasters that loom, and the intrusive nature of the fight to prevent them.
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Great Cyber Book
Great book! The author does a great job describing cyber security in a easy, understandable way. I know little about computers and found the material easy to comprehend. Also, he told a great story making the topic interesting rather than dry and boring.