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

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

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 From the premiere New York Times Washington correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influ...

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Title:The Perfect Weapon: How the Cyber Arms Race Set the World Afire
Author:David E. Sanger
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Perfect Weapon: How the Cyber Arms Race Set the World Afire
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

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

  • Matt
    Jul 11, 2018
    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 ...
  • Mehrsa
    Jul 24, 2018
    This is an excellent and terrifying read. The Russians and Chinese and North Koreans are in the house and it seems that this administration is not at all aware of the magnitude of the threat. Sanger has a lot of access and a depth of knowledge on the issues and this history. He's also ...
  • Becky
    Jul 20, 2018
    One of the most terrifying books I?ve read since I read Point Safe. ...
  • Anthony
    Jul 06, 2018
    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 displa...
  • David
    Aug 08, 2018
    Outstanding overview of the impact of cyber on global geopolitics. Sanger highlights some of the major newsworthy events from the past few years, for example explaining the impact of the Snowden leaks, and explores the present and future geopolitical landscape, with the potential fo...
  • Frank
    Aug 06, 2018
    Chilling and extremely timely. Reviews the major cyberattacks that have occurred in the past 20+ years. The Internet has made it very cost efficient for bad actors to really disrupt advanced society with very little risk of retribution or meaningful retaliation. ...
  • Genie
    Jul 24, 2018
    Important book about the use of technology as a weapon into today?s society-offensively and defensively and in bith the private sector and by state actors.. Covers Russian intrusion into US elections, the North Korean attack in Sony, and the US / Israeli attack on an Iranian nuclear ...
  • Chris
    Aug 19, 2018
    A fascinating portrait of the rise of hybrid warfare against the United States that devastatingly illustrates how American national security leaders' obsessive secrecy and paralyzing caution ultimately enabled a gallery of rogue nations to outmaneuver them, culminating in the inept res...
  • Joshua McGee
    Jun 25, 2018
    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. ...
  • Myles
    Jul 30, 2018
    David Sanger?s ?The Perfect Weapon? is largely a compilation of reporting he and The New York Times produced over the past few years about American preparedness for cyberwarfare. Sanger complains the America isn?t prepared, has no policy or dividing line between cyberespiona...
  • Mal Warwick
    Jul 25, 2018
    Russia and China have penetrated so deeply into the electronic systems that sustain the American economy that either country might be able to set us back two or three decades using cyber weapons. North Korea and Iran appear to be not far behind. What seems to be stopping them all is th...
  • George
    Jul 16, 2018
    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 docu...
  • Gayle
    Aug 14, 2018
    Excellent writing -- makes a difficult technical subject highly readable to the non- technical reader. Detailed in depth analysis and interviews are presented in page turning fashion. However the author's conclusion leaves me feeling very uneasy - we as a country (and a world?) are unp...
  • John Mosman
    Jul 12, 2018
    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 o...
  • Lisa
    Aug 02, 2018
    Informative, a must read to better understand the world we now live in. Opened my eyes to seeing world events reported from a different perspective than what is reported by the news media. Also why we need to value our own personal cyber security better. ...
  • D Schmüdde
    Aug 19, 2018
    Sanger manages to cover the issue of cyberconflict broadly while also offering the most comprehensive account of what occurred during the 2016 election. He rarely infers, basing the accounts contained within on his sources from the top levels of the United States government. Consid...
  • Ceil
    Aug 15, 2018
    Solid layperson's overview of the growing use of cyberweapons by governments around the world. Sooo many more questions than answers at this point, and it's hard to see how we develop global agreements for managing invisible, deniable attacks. Thought provoking book by a good NYTimes w...
  • Anthony
    Aug 18, 2018
    An enriching look at the geopolitical issues of the cyber arms race and the world powers and how their attempts to use it without losing control, or losing face on the world stage. Through war, fear, sabotage, spying, malicious code, and denial, the principal players on the world stage...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Jul 02, 2018
    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 inter...
  • Radiantflux
    Jun 22, 2018
    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 fro...
  • Todd
    Aug 06, 2018
    A decent look at the government sponsored hacking and cyber defense. Basically, this is a grey area that lots of countries are involved in. Where as many traditional acts of violence/destruction would not be tolerated by countries, if it happens as a cyber attack it becomes more ok...
  • Diogenes
    Aug 01, 2018
    Fascinating - and the scariest book I've ever read. And it's all based on fact, as it happened and as it's happening now. Sanger was right there, in the middle of the action, interviewing the key players and knowing what the government wasn't saying. With over 30 years of report...
  • Gamespacenl
    Jul 22, 2018
    Very well written, timely, informative, no-frills account of cyber weaponry and warfare from a decidedly US perspective. ...
  • Spencer Pfeifer
    Jul 27, 2018
    An eye-opening account of modern cyberwarfare capabilities (as far as we know). For those marginally familiar with the topic, Sanger's book will read quickly; it's well-written and flows nicely. While much of the information has been written about in other sources, Sanger provides ...
  • Bruce Katz
    Aug 07, 2018
    a serious and comprehensive look at cyber-warfare and the weaponization of social media: how they evolved, who the key actors are, the complicated legal and strategic questions surrounding them, the disputes among agencies, and much more. eye-opening, sobering, and even-handed in appor...
  • Ietrio
    Aug 06, 2018
    This book reeks of old white journalist who has a hard time keeping his high standard of living. Sanger has a good self image, which makes the context even more pompous than it is. The guy has a problem grasping the computers, but who cares as he is well steeped into the Red Scare. The...
  • Lenny Herman
    Jul 11, 2018
    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 th...
  • ZaibatsuRandom
    Jul 30, 2018
    Truth be told, for the most part this is an excellent book, with a great deal of good research. Unfortunately it is marred by a distinct political outlook that detracts from the fascinating story. The author is employed by the New York Times, so that should give an idea of how the book...
  • Kyle
    Jul 02, 2018
    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 proble...
  • John Crippen
    Jul 22, 2018
    A good book to read to get brought up to speed on the domain of cyber warfare. Sanger covers U.S. cyber efforts, both offensive and defensive, and threats of varying levels from Russia, China, and North Korea. The description of what Russia did in the cyber domain in the lead up to our...