Cyber War

Cyber War

The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

Book - 2010
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A powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy, about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers. Clearly and convincingly explain 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 traces the rise of the cyber age and profiles the unlikely characters and places who are at the epicenter of the battlefield. He recounts the foreign cyberspies who hacked into the office of the Secretary of Defense, the control systems for US electric power grids, and the plans to protect America's latest fighter aircraft.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061962233
Branch Call Number: ANF 363.325938 CLA
Characteristics: xiv, 290 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Knake, Robert K.

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 14, 2014

As a former national security advisor to several US presidents, Richard Clarke warned America about the rise of global terrorism. Now he warns policy makers about a new type of asymmetrical threat: cyber warfare. From foreign espionage, to an aging, vulnerable North American power grid, the varying effects of cyber warfare have already been felt around the world. This book serves as a serious warning; future wars could very well be started with a single keystroke that renders an adversary’s critical infrastructure useless.

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StarGladiator
Jun 12, 2014

Disclaimer of built-in bias: Clarke is really more or less part of the group which supported the offshoring of America [offshoring jobs, technology and investment to China and elsewhere] and now they are warning us about what they did. Whoopie dooo! Yes, Creech AFB had a keylogger malware [that's the base which launched the drones illegally into Iranian airspace] and yes, they were hacked down by the Iranians, so either they or another party was responsible for that hack, and Iran paid them for it. But maybe the American Empire should stop positioning nuke carriers a few miles off the coast of Iran, and stop overthrowing governments bordering Russia, and stop overthrowing democractially-elected presidents of Honduras?

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SeattleSaul
Jun 12, 2014

There are many lessons to learn about war conducted on the Internet, or “Cyber War,” which may be coming to your neighborhood soon, and I did learn some things new. However, the author(s), as well-schooled as they are, jump around between detail and oversimplification. . For example, they show great attention to detail in describing the journey of a single information packet, but the off-handed treatment of very complex subjects such as the development of modern computers as no more than a few steps away from coding the number five in binary. They also speculate a lot, for example, and implying that if cyberwar broke out, then the worst-case scenario is the most likely scenario. And perhaps more annoying, they tend to talk down to their readers, who, for the most part, are likely to be rather knowledgeable in these subjects.

gwsuperfan Sep 02, 2010

An excellent overview of the risks a networked infrastructure pose to our National Security from a military perspective. Strikes a good middle ground between technical minutiae and the big picture.

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