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The Perfect Weapon: How the Cyber Arms Race Set the World Afire

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From the premiere New York Times Washington correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and bringing us to the brink of global war.

Behind the Russian cyberattacks that may have thrown the 2016 election; behind the Sony hack; behind mysterious power outages around the world and the disappearance
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Crown
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Brandon Forsyth
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
David Sanger is simply the best writer alive working on issues of global and American security, and his latest book proves how far ahead he is of everyone else in his field. His meticulous reporting and cogent analysis of where cyber warfare is headed makes an urgent argument for international standards (a "digital Geneva Convention" is mentioned) to be discussed and adopted with haste. From the Iranian centrifuge sabotage to Russian hacking of Ukrainian power systems and American election tampe ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, technology, usa
66th book for 2018.

Nice summary of current situation around cyberwar from an American perspective. This is a scary world where large state players (China and Russia, but also North Korea and Iran) are increasingly intruding (attacking?) US targets. The US is largely unprotected from a cyberattack, which could take down power, water etc. relatively easily. Having read this it's really unclear how secure US voting systems are from an attack during 2018 election cycle.

Well worth a read. A nice com
John Mosman
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You think you know about cyber warfare? You don't. You might remember the US attack on Iran's centrifuges or how North Korea's missiles exploded on the launch pad. I suspect you know about Russian interference in our last election.

David Sanger's book lays it all out - a new type of warfare is going on now and what we need to understand about the threat, not only to the US but globally. This is a well researched book with an important story to tell. How will the US use cyber attacks and defend a
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In a chilling new book, The Perfect Weapon, David Sanger details how more than 30 nations have developed effective cyber forces.
Financial Times

[Sanger] writes with persuasiveness and authority.
The Telegraph

[Sanger is] a shrewd and insightful strategic thinker.
New York Times

An encyclopedic account of policy-relevant happenings in the cyberworld … the most comprehensive, readable source of information and insight about the policy quandaries that modern information technology and its destruct
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
David Sanger is one of the best foreign affairs writers on the planet and is in a rare position of authority to report on the inner workings of the cyber sphere as few others can. This book paints a sweeping picture of the current international cyber situation and sets forth the problems and conflicts likely to arise in the coming decades. It reveals a vulnerable US infrastructure and a naive and uncompromising US govt winging policies from administration to administration.

Sanger's keen sense o
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I started this a couple of days after the twelve indictments were announced, and I'm finishing it the day Trump (with Putin at his side) declined to believe Putin and Russia are even guilty, much less hold them accountable. The shock stemming from today's development and the clear documentation of the book are just a bit overwhelming. Sanger's afterword suggests steps the world, the nation, businesses and individuals should take, but given Trump's traitorous intransigence, little will come of Sa ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good overview of the issues in cyber war with a few caveats. David Sanger is a reporter so it’s no surprise that his recommendation of radical transparency is his default answer to some of the most difficult issues in cyberspace, for example deterrence. Second, the author displays a surprising naïveté about the likelihood of success of “digital Geneva Convention” initiatives because of another difficult (but not impossible) issue, attribution.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
10 years ago this would have read like a crazy science fiction novel but now it's just ho hum every bit of information on every single person on the planet could be attacked at any second. Oh and the world might blow up at the accidental press of a button. No big whoop.

Luckily we can all rest easy, because we have Barron, who's very good at the cyber.

This was eye-opening and a fantastic read.
Lenny Herman
This is a book Trump should read. Oh, yeah, he doesn't read. Well, you should read it, so should your congressperson, Senator, teachers and everyone else. Truly scary, weapons you can't see, that can be launched by anyone. Paranoid yes, what can be done? Is anything being done? Read this book it will surprise you, and tell you what is happening.
Joshua McGee
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profound, chilling, eye-opening, and researched in great detail. Provides excellent coverage of current issues through a compelling narrative and makes powerful suggestions for our necessary path forward, as a country and as a species.
Peter O'Kelly
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice primer for cyber security and how national security is threatened by new technologies.
Andrew Morris
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Worth reading. Not much new information for people who live in this industry but a nice concise account of the past decade of cyber conflict and it how it relates to geopolitics.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scary stuff--a whole new world.
A solid review of cyber security events and trends over the last twenty years, adding context and background information that was hinted at, but not reported at the time.

A "must-read" for anyone concerned about the integrity and vulnerability of civic and societal infrastructure, including election systems, electric power systems, manufacturing, information systems and governance.
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