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This Is How They Tell Me the World Will End: The Cyber Weapons Arms Race Hardcover – 29 September 2020
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER of the 2021 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
An intricately detailed, deeply sourced and reported history of the origins and growth of the [cyberweapons] market and the global cyberweapons arms race it has sparked . . . This is no bloodless, just-the-facts chronicle. Written in the hot, propulsive prose of a spy thriller, Perlroth's book sets out from the start to scare us out of our complacency. - Jonathan Tepperman, The New York TimesThe best kind of reportage . . . a rollicking fun trip, front to back, and an urgent call for action before our wired world spins out of our control. I've covered cybersecurity for a decade and yet paragraph after paragraph I kept wondering: 'How did she manage to figure *that* out? How is she so good?' - Garrett M. Graff, Wired, author of New York Times bestseller THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY A vivid and provocative chronicle of Perlroth's travels through the netherworld of the global cyberweapons arms trade. - The New York Review of Books Told in an enthrallingly cinematic style . . . This is How They Tell Me the World Ends is a stark, necessary, thoroughly reported reminder that no matter how strong the safe is, there'll always be someone who can come along and crack it. - LitHub A stemwinder of a tale of how frightening cyber weapons have been turned on their maker. Perlroth takes a complex subject that has been cloaked in techspeak and makes it dead real for the rest of us. - Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode and host of the New York Times podcast Sway An engaging and troubling account of 'zero-day exploits' . . . This secretive market is difficult to penetrate, but Ms. Perlroth has dug deeper than most and chronicles her efforts wittily. - The Economist Possibly the most important book of the year . . . Perlroth's precise, lucid, and compelling presentation of mind-blowing disclosures about the underground arms race a must-read exposé. - Booklist, starred review The definitive history of cyberwarfare. - Clint Watts, author of MESSING WITH THE ENEMY A must-read tale of cloak-and-dagger mercenary hackers, digital weapons of mass destruction and clandestine, ne'er-do-well government agencies. Perlroth's intrepid reporting shows why the consequences could be frightening. - Lawrence Ingrassia, author of BILLION DOLLAR BRAND CLUB Will keep you up at night, both unable to stop reading, and terrified for what the future holds. - Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair, author of AMERICAN KINGPIN An essential cautionary tale. After Perlroth's incisive investigation, there's no excuse for ignoring the costs of the cyber arms race. Indeed, we are already deeply vulnerable. - Sarah Frier, Bloomberg, author of NO FILTER 100% gripping. For anyone interested in cybersecurity, whether as student, policymaker, or citizen, it is well worth your read. - P.W. Singer, author of LIKEWAR [A] wonderfully readable new book . . . a rip-roaring story of hackers and bug-sellers and spies that also looks at the deeper questions. - Steven M. Bellovin, Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University A whirlwind global tour that introduces us to the crazy characters and bizarre stories behind the struggle to control the internet. It would be unbelievable if it wasn't all so very true. - Alex Stamos, Director of the Stanford Internet Observatory and former head of security for Facebook and Yahoo A powerful case for strong cybersecurity policy that reduces vulnerabilities while respecting civil rights. - Kirkus Reviews
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA (29 September 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1635576059
- ISBN-13 : 978-1635576054
- Dimensions : 16.61 x 4.55 x 23.98 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 25,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let down by it’s anti Trump bias - hey she’s from the NYT so what can u expect??
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Not sure who the author was trying to write for, but the constant full front attack of hyperbole doesn't help anyone. The author is either confused, misinformed, or willingly oversimplified complex things to a few phrases that are so over the top as to be meaningless.
To give you an example, just in the Prologue the author says NotPetya was a major attack on Ukraine infrastructure by Russian state-sponsored hackers (true). She then goes on to say the USA is highly exposed to this kind of attack - because of the Internet of Things. You mean - the Nest thermostat? The alexa speaker?
The internet of things is a problem for cybersec, but the author makes it out to be some sort of sign of the incoming Apocalypse, which is nonsense. The author then refutes their own point by pointing out that the whole of infrastructure in Ukraine was already connected to the Internet. There is literally nothing or almost nothing to be salvaged from this. It's just poor writing, poor research, poor understanding - and it amounts to very little but a diatribe worthy of a tabloid about how cyberapocalypse is coming. No real understanding of the risks or dangers.
This is tabloid stuff, not worthy of a book in any genre.
"Discovering [a zero day] is like discovering the secret password to the world's data." That's where I put the book down. We need to educate people on these issues, but we do them a disservice if we oversell capabilities or exaggerate the danger of these tools.
For those who want to more seriously explore cybersecurity issues, I'd recommend The Hacker and the State by Ben Buchanan.
opener and all rather terrifying.