As cyber attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan.
Kaplan probes the inner corridors of the National Security Agency, the beyond-top-secret cyber units in the Pentagon, the "information warfare" squads of the military services, and the national security debates in the White House to tell this never-before-told story of the officers, policymakers, scientists, and spies who devised this new form of warfare and who have been planning - and, more often than people know, fighting - these wars for decades.
From the 1991 Gulf War to conflicts in Haiti, Serbia, Syria, the former Soviet republics, Iraq, and Iran, where cyber warfare played a significant role, Dark Territory chronicles, in fascinating detail, an unknown past that shines an unsettling light on our future.
©2016 Fred Kaplan (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
wish it had more details of the significant events. kind of just a story made from pieced together time line of events. Not sure i would recommend
Most people with a fair amount of technical savvy, who are also tuned into the general flow of politics may find the story slow. But the topic is definitely worth a read. The story is mostly a high level historical account without much gripping technical detail or suggestions about potential risks for the future.
Very thought provoking, especially considering the current political climate among the major world powers. Most of the wars fought in the last half century have been asymmetric, so it will be a terrifying, and completely different, war if the US is involved in conflict with China or Russia today.
Greg in San Jose
I believe that cyber warfare or terrorism Is the greatest threat of our age, a much more likely threat than conventional warfare, and way more likely than nuclear war. This book outlines many of the main characters who've shaped the landscape of that arena on the governmental side and is a worthy read (listen).
The narrator, Malcolm Hillgartner, is one of the best in the business, not because he can do a variety of voices (not his strength), but because his voice has weight and authority - you just enjoy hearing him tell this kind of a story. I recommend this book and this narrator
this book is almost a little bit scary it's a what if scenario about computer hacking about nation-states hacking critical inner structure. it deals with the history today of computer hacking. a good book.
I was not expecting and was disappointed by the fact that the book talked mainly about the historical events related to cyber security and cyber warfare, from the era older than 10 years (60s, 70s, etc....). I was more interested in more recent events.
The author has explicitly researched the history and current state of cyberwarfare.
Highly recommended for readers (listeners) interested in current policy development and the (possible) future of practice of diplomacy and warfare.
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