Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Against All Enemies, former presidential advisor and counter-terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke sounds a timely and chilling warning about America's vulnerability in a terrifying new international conflict--Cyber War! Every concerned American should read this startling and explosive book that offers an insider's view of White House 'Situation Room' operations and carries the reader to the frontlines of our cyber defense. Cyber War exposes a virulent threat to our nation's security. This is no X-Files fantasy or conspiracy theory madness--this is real.
Richard A. Clarke warned America once before about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security -- and he was right. Now he warns us of another threat, silent but equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers. This is the first book about the war of the future -- cyber war -- and a convincing argument that we may already be in peril of losing it.
Cyber War goes behind the "geek talk" of hackers and computer scientists to explain clearly and convincingly what cyber war is, how cyber weapons work, and how vulnerable we are as a nation and as individuals to the vast and looming web of cyber criminals. From the first cyber crisis meeting in the White House a decade ago to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley and the electrical tunnels under Manhattan, Clarke and coauthor Robert K. Knake trace the rise of the cyber age and profile the unlikely characters and places at the epicenter of the battlefield. They recount the foreign cyber spies who hacked into the office of the Secretary of Defense, the control systems for U.S. electric power grids, and the plans to protect America's latest fighter aircraft.
Economically and militarily, Clarke and Knake argue, what we've already lost in the new millennium's cyber battles is tantamount to the Soviet and Chinese theft of our nuclear bomb secrets in the 1940s and 1950s. The possibilities of what we stand to lose in an all-out cyber war -- our individual and national security among them -- are just as chilling. Powerful and convincing, Cyber War begins the critical debate about the next great threat to national security.
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1 . Spot On, Should have come out 10 years ago.
Posted August 01, 2010 by Prescott Small , Stafford, TXI have been in IT for over 20 years, I have spent the last 6 years in IT Security. I am GIAC Certified and a member of InfraGard.
This book is spot on to the threats and the types of attacks I have experienced firsthand. The book is written to be understood by the non-technical, acronym's are at a minimum but can't be avoided considering the topic. Like any profession we all have acronym's that make perfect sense to us but no one outside our industry.
This book spells out in plain and easy to follow language the risk this nation faces in the ongoing cyber war. Enemy nations and criminal organizations are committing acts every day that in the real world would be an act of war, but in the cyber world are going almost unnoticed. The people doing these things are costing American's billions of dollars every year. And they have the potential to hurt the U.S. in a way that is impossible in a conventional war. When you consider it this is the only real weapon that most nations and hostiles have against America. To think they won't develop it and use it is completely stupid.
This book is not a difficult read and it isn't very long either. It is full of facts and is relevant to anyone that likes electricity, water and the ability to buy goods.
The only thing I don't like is in the title about this being the next threat, this is actually on ongoing threat and attack. Russian Governement and criminals, Israeli's and especially the Chinese government are actively attacking this nation, stealing our intellectual property and establishing footholds all over the world in government and civilian networks. This threat is real and we are dealing with it every day, hell I am supposed to be doing work on it right now. This is reality folks, and unless we do something about it this could be a much bigger disaster than 911, Katrina and the BP Oil spill combined.
April 20, 2010
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