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
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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...

  • John Mosman

    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 int...

  • Scribe Publications

    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 ...

  • Kyle

    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 s...

  • George

    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...

  • Anthony

    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 ...

  • Matt

    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 ...

  • Lenny Herman

    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 ...

  • Joshua McGee

    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 forw...