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 of thousands of personnel records from poorly guarded government servers are the traces of a new and powerful weapon, one that has the potential to remake global conflict like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. The Perfect Weapon is the riveting story of how, in less than a decade, cyberwarfare displaced terrorism and nuclear attacks as the greatest threat to American national security.

Cheap to acquire, difficult to defend against, and designed to shield their user's identities so as to complicate retaliation, these weapons are capable of an unprecedented range of offensive tactics; they can take us just short of war, allowing for everything from disruption to theft to the cause of widespread damage of essential infrastructure systems. And the vulnerability of those systems has created a related but equally urgent conflict: American companies like Apple and Cisco must claim allegiance to no government in the name of selling secure products around the globe yet the US intelligence agencies want the help of such companies in defending against future cyberattacks.

Reported and written with unprecedented access by New York Times chief Washington correspondent and bestselling author David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon takes readers inside war rooms and boardrooms, into the secret cyberdens of American and Chinese military, to give the deep-background story of the increasingly pitched battle between nations, their governments, their cyberwarriors, and their corporations.

Title:The Perfect Weapon: How the Cyber Arms Race Set the World Afire
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780451497895
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  • Brandon Forsyth

    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 a...

  • Radiantflux

    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...

  • Mal Warwick

    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. Nort...

  • RC1140

    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 whic...

  • Mehrsa

    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 h...

  • Peter

    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 ...

  • Alexander

    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 i...

  • Bruce Katz

    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 d...

  • Gamespacenl

    Very well written, timely, informative, no-frills account of cyber weaponry and warfare from a decidedly US perspective....

  • Chris

    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 ultimatel...