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The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age (utgåvan 2018)

av David E. Sanger (Författare)

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"In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world's powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict. 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--from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt--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 US and its allies. The government was often paralyzed, unable to threaten the use of cyberweapons because America was so vulnerable to crippling attacks on its own networks of banks, utilities, and government agencies. 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--who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book--reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution. The Perfect Weapon is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target."--Dust jacket.… (mer)
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Titel:The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age
Författare:David E. Sanger (Författare)
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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. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Excellent overview of the current state of cyberwarfare (and wow, this stuff is real and ongoing). I'd heard discussions of all of the hacking mentioned in this book, but never with the political issues, only the technological issues. This added a new dimension for me.

And it is pretty terrifying. ( )
  jeffhex | Apr 14, 2020 |
In The Perfect Weapon, author David E Sanger does an excellent job of terrifying me. With America’s Allies and Enemies having Cyber weapons and attack capabilities, you would think that the leadership of America would have some kind of plan or something. Apparently, they do not have anything of the kind. Our weapons of mass destruction are aging at a steady rate, the launch computers are apparently using Floppy Disc Drives, and the people in charge of reacting to the threats are sitting on their laurels. It is really quite ridiculous to think that some old person who knows nothing of computers and what they are capable of is in charge of making laws and things, but that is the case in America. Then you have to combine that with the fact that our own laws and bureaucratic tendencies make us slow to react and you have a giant recipe for disaster.

Now I suppose it is not all bad, there is this book that was allowed to print I suppose. However, keeping our own capabilities a secret is like shooting ourselves in the foot. Not to mention that the people with legit access to our secrets are idiots. Do you know how the Russians accessed some really important line in the Chain of Command that stems directly from the President? Some idiot found a USB drive lying on the ground somewhere and plugged it into a computer station with access. That is ridiculous.

The book is named the way it is because, when used properly, Cyber weapons are difficult to trace and pin on any single aggressor. They are silent, and in many cases cause annoyance rather than straight up death.

The author gives some advice, but a lot of it will fall on deaf ears. Thus, this book sickens me. It wasn’t really enjoyable, but it was quite informative. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
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 achieve their ends. According to Paul Pillar’s review in the Times, Sanger’s book is “an encyclopedic account of policy-relevant happenings in the cyberworld (that) stays firmly grounded in real events.”
It’s not a question of keeping the stuff out of our electric grid, the controls of our nuclear plants, our military establishment, our government. It’s already here. And a piece of spyware in our systems—watching, waiting—can turn instantly destructive on command.
While U.S. companies, utilities, and some government agencies would like to reveal how much they know about these intrusions—“hey, we’re looking at you, too, so watch it!”—the clandestine services argue against it, because they don’t want others to know that we know and what our detection capabilities are, much less guess our offensive capacity. If you were suspicious of that improbable string of fizzling North Korean missiles last year and thought “could it really . . ?” you were right.
Sanger’s riveting journalism includes the woes Russia has inflicted on Ukraine, especially its power grid, a seeming test-bed for attacks on the West; it reviews the Stuxnet virus developed by the U.S. and Israel, which exceeded its mission of damaging Iran’s nuclear centrifuges to emerge in the wild; he covers the fallout from Edward Snowden’s revelations; and he describes more recent threats. Across at least three Administrations in Washington, the responses to the size and potential scope of this threat have been paltry. “The clock cannot be turned back,” he says, and it’s up to all of us to hear the ticking. ( )
  Vicki_Weisfeld | Jan 8, 2019 |
This was an interesting read. I tend to believe that many of the possible issues of cyber warfare are relevant in the current times. It is clearly the cost of advanced technologies. The US has a tight rope in that we are based on an open society which many of our counterparts are not. It will be interesting to see how we handle this in the future. It would be great to see more reporting on these type of topics from our news organizations. ( )
  dharper1 | Nov 19, 2018 |
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"In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world's powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict. 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--from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt--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 US and its allies. The government was often paralyzed, unable to threaten the use of cyberweapons because America was so vulnerable to crippling attacks on its own networks of banks, utilities, and government agencies. 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--who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book--reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution. The Perfect Weapon is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target."--Dust jacket.

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