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

  • Sean
    Dec 02, 2018
    This book provides a great catalogue of the major offensive and defensive cyber activities by nation state and non-state actors during the past ten years. It makes the case that the U.S. initially may have overlooked the threat of cyber hacking and makes a compelling case that U.S. pol...
  • itpdx
    Aug 30, 2018
    As the author says this is just what is known. From the cyber attack on Iran?s nuclear enrichment facility to election interference to North Korea?s bank heist, Sanger puts together a report of what is publicly known (more or less) of the current cyber war. He lets us in the on the...
  • Ray
    Nov 20, 2018
    New York Times Washington correspondent David Sanger provides an informative look into cyber warfare, how it's been used, being used, and could be used in the future in his book "The Perfect Weapon". It's a good update and follow-on book to other books related to the topic of cyber cri...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Nov 28, 2018
    This book consists largely of the retelling of cyber attack incidents that have previously been in the news over the past ten years. However, the retelling in this book at this time has the advantage of hindsight which provides the enabling perspective regarding background, motive and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Scribe Publications
    Jun 25, 2018
    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 Yor...
  • 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...
  • Alexander
    Aug 25, 2018
    4.5 stars, rounding up. Sanger is one of the country's finest journalists on all issues cyber, and this book is frequently gripping and fascinating. It provides an in-depth look at a number of cyber incidents (including Olympic Games, which destroyed a number of the Iranian nuclear pro...
  • Terry
    Sep 30, 2018
    Sanger has the connections, knowledge, and background to write this extraordinary account of a world transformed by cyberwar. The US, with its enormous military power, is now also the most vulnerable country since we are so dependent on computers and electronic networks. Today count...
  • 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...
  • Luke
    Oct 06, 2018
    Cross posted from my blog: ----------------------------------------------------- The Perfect Weapon is an account of how cyberspace is quickly becoming a new arena of global competition. Written by a career journalist, the book covers many different topics related to cyberweapons and...
  • Peter
    Nov 23, 2018
    In 1945 it was the atomic bomb, that radical new weapon that reshaped the morals and geopolitics of war, bringing into fashion the notion of Mutual Assured Destruction and changing the prospects of WWIII for at least 70 years. Now, says David Sanger in The Perfect Weapon (2018), the re...
  • Charles Fried
    Oct 23, 2018
    It is chilling to read this clear and understandable account of recent cyber-hostilities that have clearly influenced major events such as our elections or Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs and it is obvious that there is more to come. ...
  • Kent
    Oct 10, 2018
    Philip Graham is credited with calling journalism "the first rough draft of history." The author of The Perfect Weapon, David E Sanger, one of the highly respected journalists for the New York Times, called his book "current history." I am going with a 'polished second draft of history...
  • 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...
  • Jacques Bezuidenhout
    Aug 08, 2018
    Decent content and exciting (albeit scary) topic. The narration on the audiobook however killed me from the inside a little. It was really a drag to listen to facts delivered in such a monotonous way. I've done several other political books in the forms of The Dictator's Handbook: ...
  • 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...
  • Peter
    Sep 20, 2018
    This is a well-written book on a very specific topic from a one-sided point of view with an unfortunate audiobook narrator. That summary above is the response I'd give if anyone asked me what I think of the book. The two-star rating might seem a bit harsh, but I couldn't really jus...
  • Gamespacenl
    Jul 22, 2018
    Very well written, timely, informative, no-frills account of cyber weaponry and warfare from a decidedly US perspective. ...
  • 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...
  • Mary
    Oct 19, 2018
    I ordered this book from the library after hearing the author speak at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Sanger draws on his reporting on national security for the New York Times to describe the ways cyber has already been used as well as to warn of the grave future damage this po...
  • PrintedPagesandCoffee
    Aug 31, 2018
    What David Sanger has produced here is a really excellent overview of the geopolitical, geostrategic implications of the increasing parties to cyber conflict and the capabilities to which they have access. Now, most of the book is about the implications of State use of cyber exploitati...
  • 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...
  • Andrew Morris
    Jul 03, 2018
    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. ...
  • DavidA
    Nov 23, 2018
    In the mid-1990s, I attended a national security conference in Baltimore, Maryland. One of the keynote speakers was a three or four star general. He gave a presentation on the vulnerabilities of America?s infrastructure. The audience was comprised of military men and women, as well a...
  • RC1140
    Sep 13, 2018
    This was a great review of the political and cyber landscape over the past decade or so. Not much new information if you have been following along , but really well condensed into a single source which gives things broader context. ...