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

  • 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 ...
  • Victoria
    Jan 08, 2019
    In The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger talks about nations? pervasive and growing uses of spyware and malware to achieve their ends. According to Paul Pillar?s review in the Times, Sanger?s book...
  • 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...
  • John
    Jan 07, 2019
    How to the laws of war apply to cyber? That is the question. Why not just manipulate North Korea's missile launches software prior to launch and thereby plunging them into the sea shortly after takeoff? Well, that would amount to preemptive war in violation of international law. So whe...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Walter
    Jan 20, 2019
    TL/DR: ????? Must Read. Very scary. We're screwed. Kill your social media accounts. Abandon technology. Start a homestead. Cynics are on to something. Full Review: The threat of Nuclear Weapons and rise of Global Warming have occupied the top spot in the list of humani...
  • Brahm
    Dec 18, 2018
    A couple things I liked about this book: getting a better understanding of where cybersecurity/defence/offence fits into the world of geopolitics, understanding how cyber fits into the "stack" of modern warfare, how fast the cyber arms race is moving, and how particularly vulnerable (N...
  • Book
    Dec 26, 2018
    The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger ?The Perfect Weapon? is an interesting look at the political implications of cyberwarfare. National security correspondent for the New York Times, David E. Sanger takes the public on a historical rid...
  • Luke
    Oct 06, 2018
    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 cyberwarfare, including the Stuxnet virus, WannaCry, North Korea?s missile progr...
  • 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. ...
  • Rachel Brown
    Jan 01, 2019
    I thought a book about cybersecurity and cyberattacks would be dull and hard to follow, but luckily I was wrong. This is a fascinating, compelling, terrifying look at the world we live in. Very well written ...
  • 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: ...
  • Francesca
    Jan 05, 2019
    Whoa!!!! I knew I was going to read a good book...not a scary one. Having followed Sanger via Twitter, NYT & as part of DSR; this was a no brainer & must read. As technology continues to expand into every aspect of our lives, so does our nation's cyber vulnerability and the rac...
  • 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...
  • Rick Presley
    Jan 04, 2019
    If any book deserves the sobriquet, "If you're not outraged, then you're not paying attention," this one does. It is the compilation of fairly recent news items on the subject of cyber warfare. What was reported at the time it happened as nearly random, but intentional acts of computer...
  • Michal Baranowski
    Jan 10, 2019
    A must read for those who aim to uderstand both the facts and strategy behind cyber weapons. ...
  • 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...
  • Ben Rothke
    Feb 04, 2019
    The most authoritative books are often those that rely on primary sources. While there?s nothing wrong with secondary, or even tertiary sources, the nature of a primary source makes for a much better reference. In The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, author D...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...