Richard A. Clarke warned America once before about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security-and he was right. Now he warns us of another threat, silent but equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers.
This is the first book about the war of the future - cyber war - and a convincing argument that we may already be in peril of losing it.Cyber War goes behind the "geek talk" of hackers and computer scientists to explain clearly and convincingly what cyber war is, how cyber weapons work, and how vulnerable we are as a nation and as individuals to the vast and looming web of cyber criminals. From the first cyber crisis meeting in the White House a decade ago to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley and the electrical tunnels under Manhattan, Clarke and coauthor Robert K. Knake trace the rise of the cyber age and profile the unlikely characters and places at the epicenter of the battlefield. They recount the foreign cyber spies who hacked into the office of the Secretary of Defense, the control systems for U.S. electric power grids, and the plans to protect America's latest fighter aircraft.
Economically and militarily, Clarke and Knake argue, what we've already lost in the new millennium's cyber battles is tantamount to the Soviet and Chinese theft of our nuclear bomb secrets in the 1940s and 1950s. The possibilities of what we stand to lose in an all-out cyber war-our individual and national security among them-are just as chilling. Powerful and convincing, Cyber War begins the critical debate about the next great threat to national security.
©2010 Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake (P)2014 Tantor
"In this chilling and eye-opening book, Clarke and Knake provide a highly detailed yet accessible look at how cyber warfare is being waged and the need to rethink our national security to face this new threat." ---Booklist
yup if you have anything electronic you should read this simply stunning. Im not a doom and gloom person but dam if you think your world can't turn into the early 1800s in the blink of an eye you had better read this an re-evaluate what you think you know.
a big wake up call about how fragile our world is
Read it and gauge for yourself how you live and adjust accordingly
Pulled many of similar books on this topic together quite nicely. Extraordinary insight into how things really work in our government and, sadly how they do not. All in all fantastic piece if timely information to have on hand. Great performance by the reader.
I really enjoyed this book. Written from the standpoint of a knowledgable Washington insider. A few of the items that the author hints at or intentionally obfuscated (like Aurora) have since been declassified. For instance- the author states Aurora demonstrated how a cyber attack "could" be used to destroy a generator "but stopped short". In reality, the test was completed successfully and the generator was destroyed. There's a video. Other than that, I think the book has merit and is a great window into one viewpoint of cyber war.
This is one of those books that I simply could not put down - some of the content is absolutely scary. Cyber War is an entirely new battlefield and one that nations across the globe are investing in heavily. Mr Clark goes into great detail on the subject, including recommendations for strengthening the ability to defend against it. There seems to be a false perception that cyber warfare is some kind of nebulas scenario that, other than losing important data it really has minimal impacts - and that couldn't be farther from the truth. I think he treats the political perspective very even handed, pointing about policy flaws from both political parties. This book will really make you think. Strongly recommended.
I read this book 3x and listened to it twice. Everytime I learn something knew. Full of information and should be required reading.
Given the consistent history of Richard Clark's predictions coming true, I hope the next President and all his/her key advisors read this as a manual to be followed step-by-step. The citizens of this country should not have to take another Anthem data breach to prove that cyberwar is asymmetric and we don't want to be on the loosing end of that conflict.
Yes, packed with information that one could not retain on the first listen.
I thought the narrators voice was perfect for the content.
Get Robertson Dean back! Richard Clarke has a great deal of current and appropriate knowledge about the things we need to know. I listened to as much as I could stand but could not finish - Yes! I am spoiled. No! It isn't personal, Mr. Larkin did not make mistakes, he just simply "read" the book. I purchase books by who narrates, author, subject in that order. Again, please don't publish this, as it is unfair of me to judge - you will see that my library is very extensive, I've been a member a long time - I wish I could give a better review, and if authorized, I would return this book, unfinished - Thank You
Hired Robertson Dean, George Guidall, or ANY of the readers that Orson S. Card uses.
It was NOT a performance! I've gotten spoiled by the readers mentioned above.
I don't know how the book ended! I didn't get the material I needed, because the narrating was so distracting, that I couldn't stay with it. However, having read, or listened to Mr. Clarke's other books, I am sure I would have liked it. I will buy the text and read it for myself
I usually do not rate books, unless they are extremely excellent. the idea that my words might keep knowledge out of the brains of listeners, just because I didn't like a particular narrator, is awful. I take NO pleasure in writing this review.
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